The project involved restoring the pond and increasing ToF (Trees outside Forest) cover in Dhaki Village of Tijara Block, Alwar.
Siegwerk India restored and handed over the Dhaki village pond to the residents. Keeping up the commitment to the community around its manufacturing facility at Bhiwadi, the global provider of printing inks and coatings for packaging applications and labels, took up the project to promote water resource management in partnership with Centre for CSR & Sustainability Excellence (CCSE). The project involved restoring the pond and increasing ToF (Trees outside Forest) cover in Dhaki Village of Tijara Block, Alwar, Rajasthan.
The pond restoration project started when Siegwerk identified a water crisis in the village Dhaki. During a survey of 185 households. It came to light that, for 93% of the households, tube wells are the chief source of irrigation while 7% of the households irrigate with micro-irrigation, which shows dependence on groundwater that is depleting due to overuse. The effects of the project will increase recharge capacity of the pond after de-siltation and construction of 2 new recharge shafts, apart from removal of silt from an earlier recharge shaft. During the current monsoon, ground water has improved, and the levels have increased by 5ft.
The initiative has improved the greenery around the pond with the plantation of over 500 medicinal plants. Various varieties of fish were introduced into the water to keep it clean and as a source of livelihood for the villagers. The entire area has been beautified with landscaping, benches, and a gazebo for the recreation of the locals. The pond now attracts many migratory birds.
Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Ajit Singh, CFO, Siegwerk India said, “Siegwerk’s key values include creating a sustainable environment and development for the future. We are happy with the successful partnership with CCSE, who have brought in their expertise and helped us complete the project. We hope to take up more such projects in the future for the betterment of the communities.”
Dr. Soumitro Chakraborty, Chairman, Centre for CSR & Sustainability Excellence (CCSE) emphasized on the transformative power of CSR initiatives, he stated, “We believe that true progress is achieved when industry and community come together in a harmonious partnership. Through this project, we have not only revitalized a vital water resource but also nurtured a flourishing ecosystem and empowered local livelihoods. Collaborating with Siegwerk India fills us with pride, and we look forward to embarking on more transformative projects in the future. This endeavour showcases the remarkable results when dedication converges with expertise, cultivating a brighter and greener future for everyone.”