The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has recognised UltraTechs Cement’s Vikram cement plant for its water management. The plant won the ‘outside the fence’ category at the CII’s National Awards for Excellence in Water Management 2017.
The award recognises the plant’s Sustainability Livelihood through Watershed Management project. Launched in 2010, the project aims to “restore the ecological balance in the watershed area by harnessing, conserving, and developing degraded natural resources,” the company said in a press release.
It has overseen the introduction of agricultural industry into the area, to improve soil fertility, reduce soil erosion, and provide sustainable livelihoods for local farmers.
As a result of the project, local farmers were able to cultivate an additional 402 ha. of land. Water holding capacity was increased by 3.02 million t3, and the groundwater table was increased by 1.5 m to 2 m.
“Several other community development initiatives were also taken as part this project in these villages for community mobilisation,” the company added.
In addition, Kotputli cement plant was also recognised by the CII with a commendation certificate as a water efficient unit. The plant was recognised in the ‘within the fence’ category. The commendation was given in recognition of the efficient usage of water in the operation of the thermal power plant at Kotputli.
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