Providing safe and potable water had been one our top priorities. With our CADP Swajaldhara Project we are confident that this initiative will help reduce the burden on women on and improve the quality of living of thousands residing in villages where potable water is scarce. GHCL Foundation Trust initiated a large scale partnership programme with CSPC in 2013-14. The programme has made important contributions since then.
CADP Swajaldhara Project was completed in two phases in several villages in Gir-Somnath districts.
Residents of Gir-Somnath District: Villagers in Nakhra, Gorakhmadi Alidra, and Bhuvabhada received monetary support. Of the villages where the project has reached completion, villagers in Bhuvabhada received an encouragement support of Rs. 25000 under the state sponsored Women Empowerment Programme.
The CADP phase II project has ensured potable drinking water supplies to 1183 households during the year. This has been through the piped water supply and construction of RRWHS. Many families in these villages are farmland owners where they reside. Laying drinking water pipelines under the CADP would have been a costly proposition and was not always technically viable.
To circumvent that we extended support to 151 households under the Roof Rain Water Harvesting Structures programme. Each unit costs Rs. 39154, 50% of which comes from the Government, while GHCL provides a support of 20 % of the cost for this 10000 litres water tanks, the rest the remaining cost is covered by the beneficiary.
Residents of Amreli District: We constructed 100 Nos. of Roof Rain Water Harvesting Structures (RRWHS) in the villages of Rajula block of Amreli district where the sources of water were scarce. The scheme was 50% financially supported by WASMO, 20% by GHCL and 30% by beneficiaries.
Residents of Bhavnagar District: Women of the villages Khadsaliya and Hathab had to endure long walks to distant water sources that were private owned. GHCL Foundation checked the resources and observed that due to non-payment of dues and taxes for several years, the water supply department stopped supplies. Eventually the supply network was damaged for the lack of maintenance and many pipes were stolen.
We have revived and repaired the damaged water pipelines, installed new pipelines wherever necessary, paid the outstanding water tax of villages Khadsaliya and Hathab to water supply department and we continue to pay it on regular basis on behalf of the villagers.
Over the last 4 years women in the said villages have had access to clean drinking water without having to walk several kilometres every day, giving them more time to spend with their children and family members.