The Background
In a bid to make Maharashtra a drought-free state by 2019, the Maharashtra government has initiated the project "Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan". The project involves deepening and widening of streams, construction of cement and earthen stop-dams, working on drainage system and digging of farm ponds
As a socially responsible corporate, KPIT has decided to make villages water abundant & tanker free. Kashedi Village in the Pune District was chosen for initiating the drinking water distribution system.
Kashedi Village, District Pune – Drinking water distribution system
This project is in tandem with our CSR objective of water conservation. In association with Jnana Prabodhini (Shiv Paradesh), KPIT volunteers conducted a survey of drought conditions in villages near Pune. It was observed that although Kashedi village (15 km away from Panshet dam near Pune) falls in water catchment area of Panshet dam, it is still facing acute drought issue. The only source of drinking water in this village is a natural reservoir that is drying out, thus creating a dependency on the government aided water tankers.
Being a small village with scarce population, there are limitations in the way Government can fund to resolve drinking water issue of the village. After consultation with local government authorities and Jnana Prabodhini’s irrigation experts, KPIT decided to pump water into that natural reservoir from the Panshet dam backwaters present in the vicinity of the village.
Anil Patwardhan, Global Head, Corporate Finance & Governance, KPIT & Shekhar Sonsale, AVP- Facilities & Logistics Management, KPIT) kicked off this project in the village. The project involves pumping water to a 150 Meters high by installing a pipeline (2" Diameter) of 1500 Meters. This water will be pulled by a submersible pump of 10Hp.These efforts will result in a huge relief to the drought conditions faced by the villagers.
Guhini Village, District - Pune – Well Excavation & Construction
This project is aimed at addressing the drinking water problem of Guhini village. Geological survey was conducted in order to build a well and excavate it. A 30ft deep and 32ft in diameter well was constructed in association with the local villagers & Jnana Prabodhini.
Shelgaon Village, District – Osmanabad – Cement Nala Bund (CNB) Project
Osmanabad district is one of the worst drought affected regions in Maharashtra. As a long term solution to the drought situation in the village, KPIT in association with Rashtriya Sarvanghin Gram Vikas Sanstha embarked upon an ambitious project of building a Cement Nala Bund (CNB). About 20mx2.6mx2.6m CNB was constructed in the village, enabling a water corridor of 22mx600mx2m. This will result in a storage of 1.6 crore litres of water.
The uniqueness of the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan project lies in the synergism wherein the Government tackles the drought condition, corporates commit to social responsibility and voluntary organizations execute these efforts. After observing this commitment, villagers have made a channel for installing the pipe line. The villagers have started to avail the benefits of this water supply scheme since February 2016.

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