Khaspur, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, March 31, 2015
• Community comes forward and joins the initiative by way of Shram-Daan’
• Fish farming in the pond to provide additional income to the local community
Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., joined hands with Gram Panchayat, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India, Janhit Foundation and the local community for the restoration of Khaspur Pond. CAF India and Janhit Foundation will be implementing restoration initiative.
As mark of week-long World Water Day celebration, ground breaking ceremony was organized at Khaspur village. Present on the occasion were Ms. Shikha Tyagi, Pradhan, Khaspur, Mr. Prateek Dubey, Zonal Head, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. and other executives, representatives from CAF India, Janhit Foundation and members of the local community.
Khaspur village has been facing the problem of 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 is in very bad condition. On completion of the restoration work, the pond will hold more water and hence the availability of water is likely to improve. It will also result into ground water recharge. There is plan for fish farming in the pond.
Appreciating the initiative of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, Ms. Shikha Tyagi, Pradhan – Khaspur Village, expressed happiness and thanked the company on behalf of the entire community for coming forward for the restoration of this pond. 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.
According to Mr. Rajneet Kohli, Zonal Vice President, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., said, “Water is a precious resource and conserving our water bodies is a shared responsibility of all stakeholders. We are glad to join hands for the restoration of the Khaspur Pond. We thank the Khaspur Gram Panchayat and the community members for the Shram Daan in making the revitalization initiative successful.”
The restoration initiative would include 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.
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