It had been observed in Bundelkhand that there are quite a number of natural drainage lines in the area, which due to the undulating land profile, draining the major portion of runoff out of the watershed, whenever the rain occurs. As the water gets lesser opportunity to infiltrate into the local aquifers, it is affects the water resource status, negatively in low precipitation years. Good rainfall also does not do well for the same reasons. The undulating topography takes the water away and higher runoff velocities erode the soils and affect the nutrient availability in upper soils. For coping with water scarcity problems in Bundelkhand Region, Haritika firstly with the support of DPIP project of MP Government constructed 490 structures of stop dams, check dams, tube-wells and dug wells. After that Haritika worked on Integrated Water Resource Management and focussed on NRM through partnerships, collaborations and networking with multiple organizations: NABARD, Coca-Cola Foundation, Water-Aid, Vegfam, SDTT etc. On assessing the gravity of the problem HARITIKA has chosen the villages of Bijawar block that falls in Banne river sub basin and villages of Jaitpur block that falls in Karpia river sub basin.
For coping with water scarcity problem, Haritika with partnership of Coca-Cola Foundation has started “Unnati Projects” that emphasizes on integral development through Water Conservation and Security in 12 villages of Bijawar Block of Chhattarpur District, Madhya Pradesh, India & 14 villages of Jaitpur block of Mahoba District, Uttar-Pradesh. The villages of Bijawar Block are Agra, Jharkuwan, Meherkuwan, Ramnagar, Tipari, Purva, Garda, Ganeshganj, Amarpura, Singrampura, Chandanpura & Kupia having total population of 4291 & 1039 households, situated at the bank of Banne River basin while the villages of Jaitpur Block are Narwara, Pathari, Saguniya, Saithwara, Jateora, Budkhera, Khori, Indrahata, Pasanabad, Ladpura, Baghora, Chamarua, Aari-1 & Aari-2 situated at the bank of Karpia River basin thus here HARITIKA has adopted river basin approach for Integrated Water resource Management. According to a study conducted by GreenSync Solutions Pvt Ltd in Karpia River Basin, the analysis of the satellite imageries has reflected that the project interventions have made a significant impact on water availability and area under cultivation and preference of the crops.