CSR: Grundfos India and nonprofit EFI restore mid-sized pond in Chennai
CSR: Grundfos India and nonprofit EFI restore mid-sized pond in Chennai – Groundfos India, a worldwide leader in pump solutions and water technology, announced the successful completion of the restoration of a mid-sized waterbody, the Annaikeni Pond in Sholinganallur, Chennai.
With Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) to revive the Annaikeni Pond Grundfos India partnered for this pond was built to be one among the sources of water for people residing within the area and contributed to maintaining the water level, over the years it had been neglected and eventually became a tract for mosquitos and even became a dump yard.
The restoration work included the excavation of the water holding area to extend the capacity by 18 – 20%, the strengthening of the circumference embankment, fencing, and therefore the planting of native plant species around the pond. As a part of the restoration efforts, the whole lake was cleared of the rubbish and quite four tonnes of water hyacinth and Prosopis Juliflora shrubs (weeds).
Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is estimated to cater to the requirements of around 8,000 to 10,000 individuals who are under the jurisdiction directly and indirectly within the vicinity of a one-kilometer radius. This cleaned water pond will now be ready to reduce and stop any waterborne diseases and make sure the rejuvenation of the bottom water levels within the area as Grundfos is committed to promoting the United Nations’ (UNs) Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Water & Sanitation).
Water bodies play a key role in maintaining and ensuring an honest ecosystem not just for humans but also for the flora and fauna. We at Grundfos India are therefore focusing a number of our CSR efforts on restoring water bodies in Chennai. Through this restoration of the Annaikeni pond, we hope the bottom water level and its quality within the locality improves which the community can enjoy the presence of a clean water body which will help nature thrive with an immense challenge of bringing Chennai’s water bodies back to life again. This project may be a three-party collaboration between the Greater Chennai Corporation because of the Administrative Partner, Grundfos India because of the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) partner and executed by EFIl component of the larger Chennai water mission project lead by the GCC. This collaboration for a water-positive Chennai has taught us several lessons in conservation. At EFI we took a scientific approach towards restoring this lake and also worked closely with all the involved stakeholders, the authorities, Grundfos India, and therefore the local residents. We’re proud to mention that the Annaikeni Pond will now be ready to contribute towards providing support for spring water recharge, soil formation, biodiversity, and efficient flood protection.”
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