• Community extended support by way of ‘Shram-Daan’
  • Charities Aid Foundation of India and Janhit Foundation implemented the project

Khaspur, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, June 05, 2015:On the occasion of World Environment Day, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., (HCCBPL) dedicated revitalized Khaspur Pond to the community. Mr. R. K. Agarwal, Hon’bleMember of Parliament, Meerut, dedicated the Pond to the community in the presence of Mr. Ravish Gupta, SDM, Hapur, Ms. ShikhaTyagi, Pradhan, Khaspur Village, senior officials from Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, representatives from Charities Aid Foundation of India, Janhit Foundation and a large number of residents of the village.

Charities Aid Foundation of India and Janhit Foundation have implemented the revitalization project with the support of the local community by way of “Shram Dan”. The revitalization work was started as mark of World Water Day celebration.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Aggarwal said, “We appreciate the efforts of Hindustan Coca-Cola for this initiative. This project is a good example of various stakeholders coming together for the cause of water and I compliment everybody involved in this project.it is good to see a company like Hindustan Coca-Cola coming forward to work in the area of ground water recharge. All water user groups need to take note of declining ground water situation and take corrective actions in terms of adopting better water management as well as water recharge practices”.

Khaspur village has been witnessin groundwater depletion. The region has been severely impacted due to a steep decline in the amount of rainfall in the past decade. Because of prolonged neglect and dumping of household waste into Pond, this community water body was in very bad condition. The restored pond will hold more water and hence the availability of water is likely to improve. It will also result into ground water recharge.

Mr Krishan Kumar Agarwal, Zonal Supply Chain Head, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., said, “As a company, we are increasingly focusing on implementing water replenish Plus projects, which benefit the community. Water is a precious natural resource and conserving water bodies is a shared responsibility of all stakeholders. We take this opportunity to thank Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Hon’ble Pradhan, implementing partners and above all the residents of Khaspur village for their support and we sincerely hope that maintenance of the pond will be taken care of.”

Appreciating the initiative of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, Ms. ShikhaTyagi, Pradhan – Khaspur Village,thanked the company on behalf of the entire communityforimplementing the project at great speed. She also expressed hope that this initiative will act as a guiding light and inspire one and all to do their bit in preserving water bodies.

The restoration initiative involved dewatering and desilting of the pond, planting of dry grass at the embankment on one side of the pond and planting of shade-providing trees around the pond.

About Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd, is the largest bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company in India. It is part of the The Coca-Cola Company’s Bottling Investment Group (BiG) and responsible for the manufacture, package, sale and distribution of beverages under the trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company. The Company has always placed high value on good citizenship. For further information on the Company’s India operations and its products, please visit www.hindustancoca-cola.com..

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