Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has just installed state-of-the-art RO plants in Dhindh and Zarpara, two villages in coastal Kutch, Gujarat, that lie within the project site of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL).
Providing clean and safe drinking water to local communities is a commitment that CGPL has made as a part of its project Swachh Jal. And the two villages are not its only beneficiaries. Today other 16 villages ((Tunda, Vandh, Motakandagara, Nanabhadiya, Mtotabhadiya, Tragadi, Gundiyali, Bag, Pipri, Bidada, Bhujpur, Nanikahakar, Motikhakar, Modhva, Bhadreshwar, Shekhai Bag,) are also a part of this drive that supplies safe drinking water to 18633 people . Now the total RO plants which are operational in the villages have risen to 18.
Swacch Jal has proved once again that a century of working ‘in partnership’ with the local people has gifted the Company an unerring insight into the state of affairs on the ground. Also to ignore the diversions, zero in on the real problems, and then deal with them. At this juncture, these are very valuable assets to possess.
For those who are inclined to dismiss these as random claims, here are some facts to consider.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), the national campaign launched in mid 2014, covering 4041 statutory towns, with millions of government employees and students participating in it, is considered India’s biggest ever cleanliness drive. Its mandate matches its scale, with detailed guidelines laid out for the many actions it must mobilize to build up a ‘Clean and Healthy’ India. A closer look at these tasks reveals an interesting fact. At least 90 per cent of these share a common purpose. Providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Clearly, water tops the list of priorities anytime, anywhere.
Most industry houses, that are likely to be sucked into this nationwide show, would be struggling in hitherto unchartered territories. But Tata Power, backed by its rich body of work, would be in a position to manage the front ranks. And lead by example.
Meanwhile, the testimonials from the actual users of the RO plants are glowing. Says a 40 year old mother from Tunda village, “The saline water in the village has caused many health issues. Earlier the drinking water which was available to us was not good for drinking. The issues of drinking water were identified by the CGPL team and were discussed during our Self Help Group (SHG) meetings and also the members of Panchayat. The Company conducted the feasibility study for alternate solutions and water testing in our village. The results were then shared with us. This harsh reality educated us and changed our mindset. The RO plant set up by CGPL has benefited us as illnesses like stomach aches and joint pains have drastically reduced. The approach of CGPL for developmental work is unique and under this programme employment to the local people has been assured. The mineral water which we used to purchase from outside at Rs. 20 is now available in our village at a much lower cost.”