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Jeevan Amrit Project An Initiative To Provide Safe Drinking To The Community In Barmer Rajasthan

Jeevan Amrit Project an initiative to provide safe drinking to the community in Barmer Rajasthan
Jeevan Amrit Project an initiative to provide safe drinking to the community in Barmer Rajasthan
Jeevan Amrit Project an initiative to provide safe drinking to the community in Barmer Rajasthan
Jeevan Amrit Project an initiative to provide safe drinking to the community in Barmer Rajasthan
Jeevan Amrit Project an initiative to provide safe drinking to the community in Barmer Rajasthan
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  • Project Owner

    Cairn India Limited

  • Project Title

    Jeevan Amrit Project an initiative to provide safe drinking to the community in Barmer Rajasthan

    Project Category

    Health

  • Project Start Date

    January,01 2015

    Project End Date

    March,03 2022

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ESTIMATED BUDGET
100Cr
(INR)

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Description

Barmer district has acute shortage of quality drinking water. There is very litter surface water source. The underground water, although available in abundance in deep aquifer, is unsafe for drinking (highly saline TDS > 3000 with high fluoride content). There are several prevalent water borne diseases that impacts the quality of life. Cairn India is implementing a major CSR intervention in partnership with PHED to support the government on water purification to provide safe drinking water to the community in Barmer. The Vision is to ensure that everyone in Barmer has access to safe drinking water within 1 km of distance from home. Over the next 3 years we will provide safe drinking water to 1.1 million people living in 800 villages. Given the lack of distribution pipeline in Barmer and highly scattered population (small dhanis) small distributed plants (500 to 3000 liter per hour) connected to government water source is most feasible and cost effective and accordingly we plan to establish ~330 RO plants across the Barmer district. Post installation the ownership for operation and maintenance will be transferred to the Government. We have already established around 42 RO plants as part of an earlier phase of this initiative; of these 32 are in the Barmer district of Rajasthan. We are experiencing a good utilization rate of ~40 percent on average after about a year of operations with about 7500 community members benefiting. Out of the 32 plants in Rajasthan, almost a third of these had utilization of more than 50 percent, with five plants operating at over 90 percent utilization rates. Our weekly sales are generally around 750,000 litres in Barmer. A key feature of our current project is that it is community managed, giving members a sense ownership, with the operators chosen by a Village Water Committee from among the local community. The project has thus helped to create rural employment and foster a spirit of entrepreneurship. Key operating features: Some key operational features contributing to the relative success of our project are as follows: • Community ownership and operation: The plants we currently operate are through a Village Water Committee. This committee, usually comprising 10-12 members of the community, is jointly formed by Cairn, the water plant operator and a local NGO. • The Committee is responsible for collecting all user charges and operations & maintenance of the RO facility. It appoints the operator itself, generally from among the community; and pays his/ her salary. Since the operator is from the village itself, there is a high degree of ownership among the community and this measure also helps to foster rural employment. • The operating charges are paid by the Committee from among the fee collected. If there is any surplus left over, it is used for other works of community benefit within the village itself. • Collectively these measures have helped ensure high community involvement and ownership, resulting in virtually no thefts or community issues • Distribution model including door-step delivery and round-the-clock service: Barmer is an area with a relatively low density of population, less than a third that of the country’s average (density in Barmer is ~90 people/ sq km as against 270/ sq km for India as a whole). Women generally have to walk long distances to access water. The model we have adopted ensures widespread distribution at the point of consumption. Water ATW (Any-time Water) kiosks have been established at a number of access points; the community is provided with pre-paid smart cards with which they can access water at their convenience in a manner similar to the access provided by bank ATM machines. While the RO plant itself has defined hours of operation, water can be accessed at the ATWs round-the-clock through the electronic cards as they do not require the physical presence of an operator thus increasing the convenience for the community. In addition, we have partnered with a few local entrepreneurs to run a ‘water on wheels’ system (called ‘jal rath’). These vehicles provide door-step delivery and last mile connectivity; the community has been ready to pay a premium of an additional INR 5 per can for this service. We are in the process of adding a chiller to some of our existing plants, which is expected to further drive off-take, especially in the hot summer months when chilled water could provide respite to the community. • Use of renewable energy: Power availability remains unreliable in some areas in Barmer, which at times impacts the RO plants as they require electricity to run water pumps and dispensing units. To address this issue, we are providing for solar powered RO plants in our new project; while in existing plants, the ATW or dispensing points are provided with solar power. In addition, this also minimizes the carbon footprint by replacing grid power or diesel back-up, ensuring that Cairn’s sustainability objectives are met. • Remote monitoring and service standards: Our plants allow for remote monitoring in which the health of the plant and quality of water can easily be monitored though sms alerts or through the Android platform. This provides real-time access of crucial parameters such as TDS levels, input and output water quality and flow rates etc ensuring quick action can be taken in case of any issue.

Objective

– To ensure that the community in Barmer, Rajasthan, has access to safe drinking water within 1 km of distance from home with a view of improving the quality of life and reducing the incidence of water-borne diseases