On the occasion of World Water Day, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) initiated one of the largest projects to restore 105 water bodies across 25 cities in India and one site in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative of clearing up ponds and tanks, cleaning wells, strengthening embankments is handled by over 5,000 L&T employees, making it an instance of mass employee volunteerism. Some of the leading cities that will benefit from this programme are New Delhi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Kanpur, Pune, Ranchi, Visakhapatnam and Chennai.
“Globally, water scarcity is emerging as an extremely serious problem and, as one of the builders of water infrastructure, we have taken the lead to drive home the message that every drop is vital for our survival,” said SN Subrahmanyan, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro. “It makes me proud that so many of our employees have voluntarily taken up the responsibility to contribute their time and effort to this very socially relevant cause,” he added.
“Water preservation and conservation should be a top priority for every individual on this planet and this is a small step from L&T, to draw attention to this very important message and need of the hour,” is how S Rajavel, Senior Vice President & Head – Water & Smart World Communication, L&T Construction, expressed his view on the initiative. “Last year, we entered the Guinness Book of World Records by organising the largest environmental sustainability lesson at Chennai and this is another award-winning initiative as one of the largest to restore water bodies,” he remarked.
In Delhi, L&T teams are working on restoring Lakes and Ponds in Okhla, Dwaraka, Wazirabad; Batla House, Nazafgarh and Mohan Garden, amongst others. The L&T Delhi branch employees are also working on restoring water bodies in Mohali, Punjab. These are essential water bodies for the sustenance of life in the respective regions. The L&T employees have embarked on this project with the long term view of saving the rapidly depleting groundwater sources in the surrounding areas.
The Water & Effluent Treatment (WET) business vertical that resides within L&T Construction, the construction arm of L&T, builds water infrastructure that involve urban and rural water supply, water treatment plants, waste water treatment and collection network, industrial water and effluent treatment, desalination plants, lift irrigation projects, canal rehabilitation, unaccounted-for-water and water management contracts.