India’s largest power plant equipment and manufacturing company commits to safe water provision for rural communities in Maharashtra.
We are pleased to announce that Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) will support ten iJal stations providing safe drinking water to communities near a BHEL manufacturing site now under construction in Bhandara, Maharashtra.
The BHEL grant will fund our expansion into Bhandara, one of the country's most underdeveloped districts according to Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Over 12 million people live in the Bhandara District and many do not have access to safe water. The district has a mixed economy comprised mostly of agriculture, industry and forest resources. Bhandara is known for its large production of rice and brass work. 80% of the population lives in rural villages.
BHEL is currently constructing a new manufacturing plant at Bhandara and this partnership with Safe Water Network is part of their commitment to improve the lives of people where they operate.
“CSR is a concept ingrained in the operations of BHEL since inception,” says Mr. Narinder Thakur, GM, CSR, HSE & Admin of BHEL’s corporate social responsibility. “Being a Maharatna company, BHEL is committed to working for the welfare of society through inclusive growth aimed at capacity building, empowerment of communities, environmental protection, development of backward regions, and the advancement of the marginalized and under-privileged sections of the society." Adds V.K. Sharma, GM, HSE & CSR, "BHEL understands the importance of clean drinking water as fundamental to good health. I am confident that with Safe Water Network we can accomplish safe drinking water in a sustainable manner for the good health and welfare of these communities.”
BHEL’s grant is part of Safe Water Network’s broader expansion program in India where we are building upon our local success with a series of initiatives to scale our approach across the country in areas of need. To date, Safe Water Networks oversees 54 community iJal stations providing safe water access to nearly 230,000 in India.
BHEL is an integrated power plant equipment manufacturer established in 1964 as a public sector entity of the Government of India. It is the country’s largest engineering and manufacturing company of its kind and is engaged in the design, engineering, manufacture, construction, testing, commissioning and servicing of a wide range of power equipment. BHEL caters to the needs of core sectors of the Indian Economy including: Power Generation and Transmission, Industry, Transportation, Renewable Energy, and Defense.
For more information about our work with BHEL please contact Poonam Sewak