Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata lent their support to 'Paani Foundation' founded by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao. All photos/Aamir Khan
Paani Foundation is a not-for-profit company set up by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao in early 2016 in order to work towards creating a drought-free Maharashtra
Paani Foundation, set up by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, announced the third edition of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup covering 75 talukas spread over 24 districts of the state
It is a competition between different villages to see which among them can do maximum work for watershed management and water conservation during the period of the competition between April 8 to May 22
The prize money which the villages stand to win in the competition is nearly Rs 10 crore, said organisers
The third edition was announced in Mumbai by the actor with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and industrialists Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani along with Paani Foundation's CEO Satyajit Bhatkal present
Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao and ex-wife Reena
Giving details of the competition's second edition, Paani Foundation officials said that a total of 1,321 villages from 30 talukas participated and in the process created total water storage of 8,361 crore litres
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
"This year is an opportunity and a challenge because the higher the number of villages taking part, the greater the weight on us to deliver. While it is a challenge, it's also an opportunity. This year if we manage to swing what we plan to, it'll boost our efforts to make Maharashtra drought-free," Aamir Khan said.
"We have come a long way from that day. When I started then, Satya and I were very frightened. I get very scared. Before starting any work I wonder if it'll happen or not. This year too, with 75 talukas, I'm very nervous. But the nervousness never stops me from giving my best," Aamir Khan added.