December 22, 2014

Tata Power establishes fishermen information centre to promote inclusive growth in Mundra

Information being shared at the fishermen information centre

Mundra: Tata Power, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Coastal Gujarat Power (CGPL), has always remained committed towards the holistic development of the communities living in and around Mundra. In line with this commitment, Tata Power established the Fishermen Information Centre (FIC) at Tragadi Bunder Mundra to help the fishing community in Kutch district get access to quality infrastructure, healthcare, sanitation and clean drinking water.

The local fishing community had a low annual income and was under debt on account of their inability to earn good price. Recognising this need, Tata Power set up Fishermen Information Centre under the Company's ongoing Project Sagarbandhu to create a platform to help the community mobilise, strengthen and promote their produce.

At the Fishermen Information Centre, fishermen can now easily access knowledge on market linkages and liaise with the fishery department. Managed by partner NGO 'Swadeep', the FIC is operational for 6 hours a day and benefits more than 7 to 8 fishermen on a daily basis. The centre disseminates relevant and need based information regarding fishing activities (license processing, boat purchase), ongoing government schemes, provides education related assistance, demonstrates different fishing equipment.

Speaking on the establishment, KK Sharma, ED and CEO, CGPL stated, "Tata Power has undertaken several initiatives for the well-being and progress of the community. Our aim is to establish a strong support system for the progress of the fishermen community and increase their productivity by promoting best practices thereby improving their quality of life. The key to growth lies in information accessibility. The FIC has been set up to cater to the developmental needs of the fishermen community and work towards their social mobilisation. We thank NGO 'Swadeep' for their support and contribution and look forward to working together for the advancement of the community."

The FIC is instrumental in conducting value driven meetings with the community, and plays a vital role in enriching the cultural ethos. The initiative has received appreciation by community leaders, who have pledged to contribute and take a leading part in making the centre fully operational and drive development in the area.

Adopting a multi-pronged approach that has benefited villagers from Tunda, Vandh, Modhva, Tragadi Bunder, Mota Kandagra, Nana Bhadiya, Nani Khakhar and Moti Khakhar villages in Mundra and Mandvi Taluka, Tata Power has enhanced the quality of life of the fishermen community through various social and developmental activities.