Initiative will go long way to eliminate water scarcity in village. 500 KL underground water tank stores potable water to meet the needs of thousands of villagers.
India CSR News Network
MUMBAI: Huntsman Textile Effects officially unveiled an underground water tank it constructed to help address the shortage of water faced by Luna village. The newly constructed 500 KL underground water tank stores potable water to meet the needs of thousands of villagers.
“At Huntsman Textile Effects, we recognize our responsibility to not only create value for our stakeholders but to make a sustainable and vibrant world possible for future generations,” said Rohit Aggarwal, President of Huntsman Textile Effects.
“Water is an essential resource and we are grateful for the opportunity to support and work closely with village leaders and local authorities with a sustainable solution to water issues faced by local villagers.”, He added.
Marking the inauguration of the storage facility at a ceremony in Luna village, Pravin Mackwana, Sarpanch of the Luna village said, “This initiative by Huntsman is a sustainable move as this will solve the perennial issue of water for Luna village for years to come”. With construction complete and all final inspections successfully concluded, Luna village takes over the running and maintenance of the water tank.
The Luna village received water from Narmada water project but due to insufficient storage capacity, the water was drained away in nearby pond. In close consultation with major stakeholders like Sarpanch and Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Huntsman’s Baroda site management proposed the construction of a water storage facility as a long-term solution for the village.
The project was operated on a Public-Private-Partnership model and took close to two years to complete. Through a Memorandum of Understanding between Huntsman Textile Effects and Luna Gram Panchayat, the project was scoped out with committees formed with assigned roles and responsibilities prior to work commencing.
Huntsman invested and managed the construction of the tank, working hand-in-hand with the Gujarat Water Board who undertook the laying of pipelines, drilling of wells and other underground work required for a complete water solution.
“Sustainability, innovation and collaboration are core pillars of Huntsman Textile Effects. This successful partnership is testament of our ongoing commitment to sustainability in action through active collaboration with all our stakeholders,” said Nipun Soni – Site Manager Baroda plant.
Huntsman Textile Effects runs a range of other community initiatives from its facility in Baroda, including its award-winning Anandi program. The program mobilizes staff volunteers and company funding in support of community projects focused on education, health, water & sanitation and animal husbandry.
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2016 revenues of approximately $10 billion. Its chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. The company has more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in approximately 30 countries and employs approximately 15,000 associates within 5 distinct business divisions including the Pigments and Additives division which it intends to IPO as Venator Materials Corporation.