Volkswagen India Private Limited, the Indian subsidiary of German auto giant Volkswagen, has undertaken the initiative of recharging the water resource at Gulani village in Khed, Pune. The water channel in the village will be deepened and widened so as to increase the water capacity by over 13 times and it will be used for domestic and agriculture purposes
Government of Maharashtra has declared 18 villages in Khed taluka as draught affected and has approached industries and corporates to come ahead and join hands in strengthening the water resources in these villages. Volkswagen India, has taken up this project at Gulani village situated approximately 30 kilometers from Volkswagen Pune Plant in Chakan.
“As a socially responsible corporate, Volkswagen establishments globally follow a tradition to support social projects in the neighbouring regions of its production facilities”, said Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director of Volkswagen India Private Limited. He further added, “In Maharashtra, the scarcity of water is a major concern and the conservation of fresh water is the need of the hour. We hope that our project will be one positive step to demonstrate our resolve to help the people of Gulani village by capturing and conserving the rain water for use throughout the year.”
With a population of 3,107 residents, Gulani village has over 65 acres of scattered land under cultivation with 3,375 cubic meter of water storage capacity which is used for domestic as well as agricultural purposes. Once the project is completed the storage capacity would be enhanced to 45,000 cubic meter and around 1,200 acres of land is expected to come under cultivation. The water channel is currently 0.25 meter deep, 9 meter wide and 1.5 kilometres in length. The depth after the implementation will be increased to 2 meter, width will be widened to 15 meter and the length will be increased to 2 kilometres. This project is likely to be completed in 40 days and would be sustainable for a period of 12 to15 years.