August 10, 2017

Tata Power's CGPL becomes the 'neighbour of choice' through the development initiatives in Gujarat

Mundra, Ahmedabad and Delhi: Tata Power, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Coastal Gujarat Power (CGPL), has always focused on upliftment of communities in and around its operational areas. Continuing with this momentum, Tata Power-CGPL in FY17 undertook several initiatives such as livelihood, irrigation, sanitation and education programmes, thereby establishing CGPL as the “neighbour of choice”.

With a strategic focus on sustainable long-term programmes across all locations, Tata Power group companies have aligned their CSR policy to five thrust areas: primary education with focus on girl child, health & drinking water, livelihood and employability, social capital and infrastructure, and inclusive growth. Following are the initiatives undertaken by CGPL in FY17:

  • Under Sagarbandhu programme, the team, along with establishment of ‘Fishermen Training Centre’, formed village development and advisory committee, micro financed fishermen boats, ground work for prawn farming and crab fattening programmes, etc.
  • CGPL supplied fodder for 3,600 cattle, which benefited 450 cattle owners through the Kanthi Area Livelihood programme.
  • The CGPL team, in partnership with Gujarat Green Revolution Company (GGRC), launched a substantial micro-irrigation programme by providing financial support to farmers; 503 hectares have been covered, benefiting 263 farmers.
  • A massive campaign was undertaken to educate cattle owners regarding spread of Brucellosis and also its impact on the cattle population.
  • CGPL addressed the issue of quality education by promoting learning achievement in 132 schools in 50 villages, benefiting 13,501 students.
  • Sanitation (Swachh Block): CGPL has worked in Mandvi block with an aim to ensure that all families have access to sanitary toilets and the block is “open defecation free”
  • Under Sagarbandhu programme, the team along with establishment of ‘Fishermen Training Centre’, formed village development and advisory committee, formation of SHGs, establishment of temporary school, provision of drinking water, boat light, various fishing equipment,  micro-financed fishermen boats, ground work for prawn farming and crab fattening programs, etc.
  • CGPL supplied fodder for 3,600 cattle, which benefited 450 cattle owners through the Kanthi Area Livelihood programme.
  • The CGPL team in association with the partner organisation, Parjanya Ecology, has initiated fodder cultivation of NB-21 variety, created the seed back. The seed and slips are provided to 176 farmers for cultivation of fodder of NB-21 variety in the region.
  • Participatory Ground Water Management is a flagship initiative of CGPL, Tata Power Company in the two blocks Mundra and Mandvi Taluka of Kutch District. CGPL has started implementation in 17 villages by strengthening the geo-hydrological conditions in response to the water scarcity, developing mini watershed development plan through a life cycle approach (supply and demand)
  • The CGPL team in partnership with Gujarat Green Revolution Company (GGRC), launched a substantial micro irrigation programme by providing financial support to farmers, 503 hectares have been covered benefiting 263 farmers
  • An awareness  campaign and other preventive activities have been undertaken in partnership with Abhiyan (partner NGO) and NDDB to educate cattle owners regarding spread of Brucellosis and also its impact on the cattle population
  • The CGPL team has established five waste segregation centres in the village under its waste management programme in coordination with the respective panchayat.
  • CGPL addressing the issue of quality education by promoting learning achievement in 138 schools in 50 villages, benefiting 13,501 students, through Shiksha Saarthi Program
  • CGPL has worked in Mandvi block in partnership with CSPC (Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell- Tata Trust) and the Government with an aim to ensure that all families have access to sanitary toilets and the block is open defecation free.  

Commenting on the initiative, KK Sharma, ED and CEO, CGPL, said, “Tata Power has been relentlessly striving towards the overall development of the local communities in and around its project areas. Over the years, the CGPL team has been crafting programmes by identifying local needs through direct communication and surveys. These programmes not only benefitted the surrounding villages with livelihood but also provided them with a healthy atmosphere to live in. CGPL always strived for improvement in the quality of life of the people around and hence has partnered with specialised agencies /NGO/Government organisations and many other like-minded stakeholders for overall improvement of the region. We will continue to work towards creating positive impact on the lives of people and develop initiatives that will contribute in the holistic development of the communities”.

The communities appreciated the efforts undertaken by CGPL in the year and thanked for the transformation brought in by the team. Tata Power believes in integrating its business values into operations to meet the expectations of its stakeholders. Communities, ranging from those villages around its plants to those employed by its contractors and suppliers, constitute important stakeholders.