Bolti Nadi

Bolti Nadi Initiative

Bolti Nadi Initiative was set up in 2016 by the core team of the ‘Meer Foundation’ Meer Foundation is a registered non-government-organization established in 2011, working in the areas of environment with the mission of making rural Chhattisgarh drought-free and prosperous. The health of our river and streams depends on all of us, Our mission is to protect the rivers and streams that provide drinking water for more than 20 million people across the state. Working across the basin to reduce pollution, protect headwaters and promote water-smart practices and policies.

Our Water

The Chhattisgarh’s River system is the lifeblood of the Middle-India, supplying drinking, industrial, farming water and jobs for millions. Unfortunately, The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2020 Report has water crises in the top 10 of the most likely and highest impact problems that we will face in the next 10 years.

Our web of rivers and streams is the lifeblood of the region. It provides drinking water for approx. 20 million people, including the communities of Rural and Urban Chhattisgarh. It sustains orchards, industries, dairy farms and nurseries.

Smart laws and caring landowners have helped clean up historic pollution, but poorly planned development is still a threat. Rain running off roads, drains, industries carries waste, oil and chemicals. The loss of trees and native plants that act as natural water filters leads to flooding, and streams clogged with silt, trash and algae.

That is why Bolti Nadi Initiative along with fifty nonprofit organizations have come together to protect and restore the waterways our communities and economy rely on. Together with scientists, home and landowners, local officials and volunteers, they are conserving forests and farms, cleaning up streams, and bringing back native plants.


The Bolti Nadi Initiative is focused on four key stressors that threaten the health of our waterways, and the safety and reliability of our rivers. While unsustainable amounts of sand and gravel are extracted from riverbeds to meet soaring demand for construction. Together, they are starving these rivers of sediment. This is putting the livelihoods of millions of people billions of rupees in investments and trillions of rupees of economic assets at risk as well as priceless ecosystems. 

Loss of Forested Headwaters

Unfortunately, human impacts have already led to the loss of around 40% of the world’s forests and we’re losing forests at a rate of 10 million hectares per year. Sustainably managing forests, and restoring forests have never been more urgent.

Damaging Rivers

Agriculture Runoff

Most of the rivers are highly polluted and in stress and the situation  is exacerbated by the Climate Change and a growing population. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment is a challenge for the rivers.


Model Conduct of Solution

To ensure the river basin system can provide clean drinking water to all for generations to come, conservation groups and community partners are focused on three solutions
Draft Policy

Every river has it’s own requirements for revitalization, The “Bolti Nadi Journal” Draft Policy Recommendation is work specifically for each rivers to understand the real need of specific river and it’s need.

Forrest Buffer

To regulating our water supply and improving its quality. We strongly believe and push-forwards the Buffer zones for forest reserves.

Water Monitoring

We train citizen scientists to become the eyes and ears of their own local waterways.  Monitoring data and citizen concerns help direct our focus to streams that need help. We urge one hour a week or at least once in a month.


We welcome all environmental scientists, experts and practitioners to contribute their knowledge and expertise towards creating a roadmap to restore and rejuvenate our depleting rivers.

River Walk

To regulating our water supply and improving its quality. We strongly believe and push-forwards the Buffer zones for forest reserves.

School Program

In the classroom and on the water, we connect people with their local rivers, mountains, and forests while educating about wildlife, history, & current issues.


“Five years ago, we started with a small dream. The dream was that if people united and worked as one, Chhattisgarh would become drought-free with Clean Water recourses. In 2017, there were more then three hundred School, Collages and villages working to become water-abundant. By 2019, start walking besides rivers and workshop programme to connect rural and urban areas to joined the movement. People worked relentlessly and shattered barriers of gender, politics, class, religion and caste. Moving forward, we envision a future where Chhattisgarh’s citizens can create the life of their dreams; where we can restore our environment and ensure greater financial security. We invite you to join this water revolution.”


“For me, doing social work and supporting NGOs is more important than endorsing a brand. I think that’s what God has given us as artist. If you can do social work – for the environment, for poor, for the elderly, for children who are terminally ill, for animals that cannot speak for themselves – I think that’s more important than walking around in dark glasses with bodyguards. As an Artist we’re given an opportunity, a platform – and I think the best way we can use that platform is to support charitable causes and try to improve things around us in any way we can.”

Amir Hashmi
Founder, Bolti Nadi

Want to volunteer?

We’ve had an incredible response so far, and are doing everything we can to respond to everyone who wants to volunteer in one of our community programmes.

Are you a Leader?

The Bolti Nadi Leaders: Chhattisgarh program is a twelve-month, virtual leadership development and civic engagement program that seeks to inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders from across the state.


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Percent of our drinking water that comes from rivers and streams


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