PUNE: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) of India has joined hands with Bridgestone India Pvt Ltd for ‘Drops of Hope’ - a project on water conservation and drinking water security. It involves a baseline survey to understand the existing situation as well as assess the future impact.
The partnership has been formed in collaboration with the State government and the Department of Water and Sanitation. The first phase of the project will be implemented in Pune, Latur and Osmanabad districts. Bridgestone will contribute a sum of Rs 3.9 crore to the project over a period of three years.
This project is planned with an objective of strengthening village-level committees to find local solutions to safety and security planning for drinking water throughout the year. The project aims at working with the State government to identify and leverage key resources for enhancing investments in infrastructure.
Yasmin Haque, representative, UNICEF India, said, “The scarcity of water is no longer a myth. Since this state has enacted the Groundwater Act, it is appropriate to address drinking water safety and security here. By implementing this programme, we hope to find sustainable and scalable solutions to the drinking water scarcity problem in the State, which can hopefully be further replicated across the country.”
Parag Satpute, Managing Director, Bridgestone India Pvt Ltd, said, “Maharashtra has one of the highest drought-prone blocks and water is one of the primary resources needed for basic survival and being deprived of it has periled the lives of many. The partnering with UNICEF will help us channelise our resources in an organised manner to provide sustainable solutions.”