are a network of permanent exhibitions that seek to spread water literacy among urban Indians. They portray the significance of rain in the Indian way of life--its influence on the customs, traditions, economy and politics of this country. They define the role played by every Indian citizen in harvesting rainwater and using it to combat the menace of water scarcity.

The raincentres provide the people the know-how to harvest rain. They equip the civil society to take leadership in the movement to conserve water. They begin the process of rebuilding a society of water literates. The raincentres are yet another milestone in CSE's campaign on Jal Swaraj.

CSE is in the process of setting up raincentres across the country. Local NGO's and citizen's groups are identified in towns and metros as partners to launch the campaign to spread water literacy. And to build up 'local place' as visualised by Anil Agarwal, where people can rediscover rain.

India's fourth Raincentre comes up in Burdwan (West Bengal)

The fourth rain centre of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) established in Burdwan was inaugurated by Shri Nirupam Sen, Minister-in-Charge of Industry and Commerce, Industrial Reconstruction and Planning and Development of the West Bengal Government on February 7, 2009. Sri Bansha Gopal Chowdhury, Member of Parliament, Dilip Sarkar, local MLA, Shri Uday Sarkar, Chairman Zilla Panchayat, Shri Aushutosh Chakraborty, Chief Engineer Damodar Valley Corporation, Shri Manish Jain, district Magistrate and Ms Gita Kavarana, Head, Institutional Development, CSE were among other dignitaries present on this occasion. It is first rain centre in Eastern India’s and also CSE’s first collaborated with a government organization to set up a rain centre.

The rain centre has permanent exhibition of panels carrying information on water related issues. It also hosts working models, artificial rainfall and demonstration models. The building also has a fully functional rainwater harvesting system including storage for drinking and washing purposes as well as groundwater recharge system. A water testing kit available at centre can help to check potability of drinking water.

It plans to conduct workshops for various groups like students, teachers, plumbers & masons, engineers etc. It will also host eco tours.

Press note   Photo feature on inaugural ceremony
Invitation card   RWH System of rain centre building
A video tour to Burdwan Rain Centre

Rain centre at Sayla (Gujarat)

The Sayla Rain centre is located in Surendra Nagar, a drought prone district of North Gujarat. Scanty and uncertain rainfall make livelihood difficult for local people including agricultural activities. Even availability of drinking water remains a major issue for people. The rain center houses information in the form of panels, working models, artificial rainfall, water quality testing laboratory. It is actually a rural knowledge resource center on rainwater harvesting and water management and provides information on how rainfall can be harvested in semi arid condition. It also provides training to the local people and outsiders both Government and Non Government staff on similar issues. The centre helps local peoples to articulate traditional wisdom and outside world knowledge to solve the water crisis in the region.

Photo feature    

India's second Raincentre comes up in Meerut

The second raincentre in India has been launched in Meerut on 25 July, 2004. CSE collaborated with Janhit Foundation, a Meerut based NGO to set up this centre which features different aspects and techniques of traditional and modern rainwater harvesting.

Press release   Photo feature on inaugural ceremony
RWH system   Noted Gandhian Anupam Mishra's letter of appreciation

Contact address of raincentres:

Raincentre at West Bengal,
Salanpur BDO Office Complex, Rupnarainpur Bazar
At & PO - Rupnarainpur, Burdwan-713364
West Bengal, India
Phone & Fax: 0341-2530243
Officer-in-charge/ Block Development Officer

Raincentre at Gujarat
Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
Opposite Shree Raj Shobhag Ashram
Sayla –363430
District - Surendranagar
Gujarat India
Phone-91-2755-280668, 280631
Gohabhai L Faga
Email: g_faga@yahoo.co.in, akrsps_ad1@sancharnet.in

Raincentre at Chennai
No: 4, 3rd Trust Link Street
(Off Santhome Road)
Mandavelipakkam, Chennai-60028
Phone: 044-24616134

Raincentre at Meerut
C-28, Shastri Nagar, Meerut
Uttar Pradesh-250002
Phone: 0121-2763418, 3101548
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