Volkswagen India started an activity to improve water storage capacity in the drought-affected Naiphad village last year. As a part of this Corporate Social Responsibility project, Volkswagen India committed an investment of INR 51 lakh towards construction of two new bandharas, repairing of an existing bandhara and desilting of an existing nala in Naiphad. The village located about 60 km from the Volkswagen Pune Plant, Chakan was chosen as a part of Government of Maharashtra’s ‘Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan’. This is the second village where Volkswagen India has undertaken project to overcome the scarcity of water after Gulani, Khed.
The entire project was completed by Volkswagen India earlier in April and was handed over to the Gram Panchayat at a function presided over by Saurabh Rao, District Collector, Pune on Saturday, 16th April 2016. The function was attended by district administration officials including the Sub Divisional Officer, Mr. Himmatrao Kharade and Regional Officer, MIDC, Mr. Ajit Deshmukh, and Gram Panchayat members led by the Sarpanch, Mr. Kishor Atmaram Kawale.
Speaking at the function, Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, said “The Government of Maharashtra’s initiative to make Maharashtra drought-free by 2019 is an extremely important and ambitious initiative. The water scarcity faced by villages in Maharashtra is not only affecting the daily life of the villagers but more importantly the agricultural activities which are the backbone of their economy. Through our efforts, we are increasing the water reserves in Naiphad and we expect this to be of help for irrigation of the fields.”