15 September 2015
Through our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives we have constantly reinforced our vision of Building India’s Social Infrastructure. With the launch of a community based integrated project in Pathardi Tehsil of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra, L&T is partnering with vulnerable communities to address key themes of water and sanitation, education, health and skill building that are critical for development.
L&T has partnered with the NGO - Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), a well known organisation in Maharashtra for execution of the project. The CSR team along with the NGO engaged the local community in planning and executing the project. One of the key elements for ensuring the success of this programme is the involvement of the local panchayat and community members - strongly represented by women - assuming ownership of the maintenance of these projects.
The programme, which focuses on creating sustainable sources of water for tanker dependant villages in Pathardi covering 7 villages and a population of over 6500 people will be spread over 4 years. Thereby providing water for drinking, sanitation and irrigation. The execution methodology will include using replicable & indigenous technologies for harnessing water like building of check dams, field bunds, soil & water conservation measures.
The programme will also enable the community to build and utilise sanitation facilities besides covering areas like support to schools thereby enriching quality of learning, improvement in health status and skill development initiatives.
Similar integrated community development programmes have been recently launched in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu as well.