CSR : Axalta Completes Building of Bhooriya Baas Pond in Alwar

First pond with storage of 3 Million Liters and harvesting capacity of 10 Million Liters, will benefit more than 600 lives in the drought-ridden village

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ALWAR: Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, in partnership with SM Sehgal Foundation (Sehgal Foundation) has built a three-million-liter capacity pond in the drought-ridden Bhooriya Baas village in the Alwar district of Rajasthan to collect and store rainwater.

The Bhooriya Baas pond is the first of the three ponds that will be built over three years by Axalta through the Sehgal foundation.

The Bhooriya Baas pond is built with a catchment area over 0.6 square km in the Bhooriya Baas village. The pond also has 10 Million Liters of harvesting capacity to support local farming, animal husbandry, and eco-services. The region has an average annual rainfall of 620mm mostly from July to September.

The completed pond will be maintained and managed by the local village community with full support of Sehgal foundation.

This pond development will engage the local community on water and soil conservation as well. Agriculture and animal husbandry are the main source of livelihood of the villagers and rainwater is the key water source. The development on subsequent ponds and planting trees will enrich the lives of the villagers.

Lokender Pal Singh, Business Director, Refinish, South Asia, Axalta said, “Together with Sehgal foundation, we recognized the long term need to address water problems in Bhooriya Baas and in the surrounding district. Our joint effort aims to support the drought-prone areas of Rajasthan to get adequate supply of water through rainwater harvesting so that they can continue with their daily life, unhampered.”

Plantation accross the Boundary of the Pond

Lalit Mohan Sharma from Sehgal Foundation said, “This construction of pond will increase the ground water level for their usage and we are confident that in coming times , these small steps will lead to a big relief for human and animal life in Bhooriya Baas “.

The project also carried out a tree-plantation drive to prevent soil erosion, provide shade and fodder to animals, and revive the area which has a bio-diversity of about 12,000 wild species of flora and home to wild animals. The villagers along with the Sehgal Foundation planted 500+ shady plants on the Pond (Johad).

As the village is situated on a hilly terrain, the ground had to be excavated to plant the trees. Every family was given the responsibility to plant and take care of the plantation. The villagers successfully planted shady and fruit trees as well. Some of the fruit plants like guava, orange, lemon, and sweet lime were given to the villagers so that they could grow plants at home. Furthermore, more than 250 plants were distributed to around 140 + villagers.

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