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WABAG CSR Project to Benefit 250 Farmers and 350 Hectares of Farm Land

The project aims at restoring traditional irrigation through structural renovation in a part of Cauvery river drainage system.

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WABAG has launched this week a Pro-Poor and Pro-Farmer project at Sokkan Odai, Killai, Chidambaram Taluk, Cuddalore District under CSR program. This project aims at restoring traditional irrigation through the structural renovation in Sokkan Odai, part of Cauvery river drainage system. This would facilitate sustainable crop production in both flood and drought situations. Activities include channel de-silting, pipe outlets on channel banks, the creation of farm ponds for water storage and biomass production on the channel banks.

The total project outlay is around Rs.20.00 lakhs which is fully funded by WABAG.

The project is executed by Hand in Hand India, a reputed social development organization. As part of the Sustainability Plan, Sokkan Odai Conservation Committee has been formed consisting of beneficiary farmers to take ownership of the community assets post project completion. This WABAG CSR project would benefit around 250 farmers and 350 ha. of farmland, supporting livestock rearing and livelihood enhancement of the local farming community.

This project was conceived by the Agricultural Engineering Department of the Cuddalore Collectorate and implemented by WABAG with the support of Government, NGO, and the Killai farmers.

WABAG had earlier built a drinking water treatment plant at MGR Thittu, Killai village at a cost of Rs.30.00 lakhs as part of Tsunami relief and rehabilitation apart from Community Centre at Mudasalodai in partnership with an Austrian NGO. Last year, WABAG renovated two ponds – one at Adivarahanallur and another at Thethampattu, Cuddalore District at a cost of Rs.10.30 lakhs as part of watershed development plus program. WABAG would be present at Cuddalore District for three more years connected with Watershed Development project being implemented by Hand in Hand India in co-financing partnership with NABARD at a total cost of around Rs.2.80 crores under WABAG CSR program.

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