By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 9 Jul: Energy major Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) is implementing a number of significant cleanliness-related projects during the ongoing Swachhta Pakhwada [1-15 July]. These projects, some related to Clean Water, are being carried out across India in the various work locations of ONGC. To mark the beginning of the Swachhta Pakhwada, ONGC Director (HR) Dr Alka Mittal flagged-off the Clean Himalaya Expedition. Under this Expedition, ONGC collaborated with the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) to clean mountains in the following three regions: Kedarnath in UK Himalaya; Khaliya Top- Munsiyari in UK Himalaya; and Dharamshala –McLeodganj in Himachal. Director (HR) DrAlka Mittal flagging off the Clean Himalaya Expedition at ONGC Delhi office
ONGC Ahmedabad is deepening 15 lakes in Gandhinagar District as part of watershed management for increasing the ground water level and making available water for the villages. This is part of the Sujalam Sufalam programme launched by Government of Gujarat. All the lakes have been taken up and will be completed during the Swachhta Pakhwada. Deepening of two lakes has been completed.
Watershed management by ONGC at Ahmedabad
ONGC Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh) launched a collaborative project for cleaning, sledge removing and removal of aquatic weeds from the Godavari River at Kotilingala Ghat on 3 July. This project has been launched by ONGC in collaboration with the local administration and will be completed in a week’s time. The occasion of launching the event was graced by MLA Adi Bhavani Reddy, Municipal Commissioner, Rajahmundry, Sumit Kumar, and a large number of people. There was also the launch of a CSR project for installation of 60 Solar Lights in Ransai Village, Uran block, Raigad District of Maharashtra. A tree plantation drive in ONGC Assam was carried out on 2 July, where the Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal participated. ONGC inaugurated Solar Electrification of 100 households in Narayanpur Rail Basti village in its Cachar project. ONGC inaugurated a Digital Conference hall, drinking water facility and toilets which were built under CSR in the junior college, Nakachari village, near the ONGC Jorhat project.
Chief Minister, Assam, joined in tree plantation drive at ONGC Sivasagar Football Ground.
ONGC organised a CSR Live Week at the World Trade Centre, Mumbai on 4 July. The CSR Good Book [a compendium for social efforts and initiatives concerning the environment, community development, etc.] was released. An exhibition is being held at the same venue where ONGC has put up a corporate display on Swachhta initiatives undertaken. Around 275 persons from different sectors, viz. NGO, Private, Government, working in Healthcare, Education, Environment, Animal Welfare, Women Empowerment, etc., visited the stall and appreciated the CSR activities of ONGC. Also, several queries of these agencies related to CSR were addressed during the interactive session with them.
The Exhibition displaying ONGC’s Swachhta initiatives
ONGC inaugurated a Project for Construction of toilet units in five schools at Basti district of Uttar Pradesh on 6 July through Member of Parliament Harish Dwivedi. The project is being implemented by the Bhartiya Cooperative Gramin Vikas Evam Nirman Ltd. The project will emphasise on development of sanitation facilities for school children in rural areas of Basti District and work towards the fulfillment of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ objectives for reduction or elimination of open defecation through the construction of individual, cluster and community toilets.
Inauguration of Toilets Construction by ONGC The ONGC Clean Himalaya Team, Kedarnath organised the clean Himalaya awareness programme about adventure activities/search and rescue management lecture. Awareness generation was also conducted on medical, personal hygiene and sanitation. Over 250 people attended the awareness programme, which included workers, porters and also locals who reside in the Kedarnath Temple Complex. They collected 20 bags of garbage. The main cleaning points in Kedarnath were Gaurikund, Jangle Chatti, Ramwada, Bhimbali, Linchili, Ghodapadaw and Kedarnath.
Clean Himalaya project of ONGC
ONGC inaugurated the project for installation of 99 hand pumps on 6-7 July 2019 at Shravasti (Uttar Pradesh) through Member of Parliament Dadan Mishra. The identified locations for these hand pumps are at Block- Hariharpur Rani, Block- Ikauana, and Block- Jamunaha. The project is being implemented by the Sankalp Foundation. Local residents of these surrounding areas will be benefitted. To ensure the sustainability, after installation of hand pumps, the further maintenance will be taken care by the agency and the gram panchayat.
Installation of Hand Pumps by ONGC
ONGC has lined up more Cleanliness-related projects in the second leg of the Swachhta Pakhwada. The Energy major is committed to the Swachhta movement and will continue to fuel such nationally-important projects in the times to come.