August 09, 2017

Tata Power's Maithon Power provides holistic development to residents of Dhanbad

Dhanbad: Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company, has always prioritised the well-being of its surrounding communities and has simultaneously worked towards improving the quality of life and health of people living in and around its operational areas. In line with this philosophy, Tata Power's Maithon Power (MPL), a 74:26 joint venture between Tata Power and DVC, has undertaken several initiatives for the residents of Dhanbad during FY17 such as livelihood planning, irrigation, technical skills development programmes, education excellence programmes, and computer literacy and coaching for competitive examinations, thereby establishing Maithon Power as a socially responsible and community-oriented power company.

With a strategic focus on sustainable long-term programmes across all locations, Tata Power Group companies have aligned a 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 Maithon Power in FY17:

  • Agriculture and allied sectors were promoted in the area in partnership with BAIF, wherein a five-year holistic development plan to establish 300 wadis, on 225 acres of land with irrigation facilities with an aim to integrate 1,000 families in livestock industry was initiated. As a part of the programme, wadis have been developed in 225 acres of land and a breed development centre for goats was established, benefiting 770 families.
  • More than 600 youths were provided with technical skills in power sector through Tata Power Skill Development Institute (TPSDI) at MPL.
  • MPL initiated an education excellence programme in collaboration with TPTCL and developed digital classrooms in 32 schools in order to bridge their learning gap to help 6,623 students.
  • 600 local youths and students were provided with soft skill trainings, computer literacy and coaching for competitive examinations.
  • Five solar-powered RO plants, with a capacity of 1,000 LHP, have been installed to cater to the drinking water requirements in four villages.
  • Three solar-powered overhead tanks with a capacity of 4,500 litres, have been installed in three villages for catering the water requirements on multipurpose use.
  • A new school with eight class rooms, a kitchen and toilets for boys and girls have been constructed.
  • 23,40,000 litres of drinking water supplied at the peripheral villages of MPL through water tankers during the summer season.
  • A new handicraft training centre with separate stock room was constructed for training and production of handicraft. Sixty women were trained on tailoring in this centre. Presently, the centre has been converted as a production unit for tailoring and handicraft.
  • 25,000 villagers were given primary health treatment and medicines through our health initiative. Two mobile medical units (a doctor on wheels) are running throughout the year. A full team of two MBBS doctors, two pharmacists with women health workers are doing medical camps at 24 locations, six days a week. These health workers are from the peripheral villages, who are initially given hospital and patient handling training and then were engaged in our health project.

Commenting on the various initiatives introduced during FY17, K Chandrashekhar, ED and CEO, MPL, said, “Tata Power / MPL has always taken pride in enabling, developing and supporting the community in order to enhance their livelihood and ensure healthy holistic development. We are delighted that, through our various initiatives, we have been able to benefit so many villagers and improve their health and overall quality of life. Tata Power will continue to support and respond to the needs of the surrounding community by undertaking similar initiatives in the future as well”.

The communities appreciated the efforts undertaken by the management of MPL during the year and thanked the company for the constant support and efforts to better their quality of life. Tata Power has always believed in integrating its business values into operations to meet the expectations of its stakeholders. Tata Power’s communities, ranging from villagers around its plants to those employed by its contractors and suppliers, are important stakeholders and MPL has always remained mindful of their well-being.