Till the lakes, ponds, rivers, and other surface water bodies were under the maintenance of the villagers, they were well taken care of. There was accountability among villagers and farming was done according to the availability of water. No cash crops or water-intensive crops were grown. Once the Minor Irrigation Department took over the water bodies, the locals were forbidden to do anything with the lakes—be it maintenance or carrying out any watershed activities (such as building check dams)—as it was the responsibility of the government.
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