The ‘Million Wells for Bengaluru’ campaign was started by the Biome Environmental Trust in July 2015 and is expected to run for ten years, till 2025. The explicit objective of the intervention is to increase the groundwater table in the city while providing livelihoods to the local community of traditional well diggers (called Mannu Vaddars) in Karnataka.
India is a groundwater based civilisation, and wells were always a part of people’s lives. With the advent of piped water, wells slowly disappeared from people’s imaginations. This section hopes to revive that imagination by telling the stories of wells, new and old, and how they still make a difference to people’s lives.