Vedanta Aluminium launches ‘Jal Seva Shibir’ in Jharsuguda, Odisha

19th May 2022

  • Water kiosks and water tankers deployed to provide drinking water to local communities

Jharsuguda, Odisha; 19th May 2022: Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, has launched ‘Jal Seva Shibir’ to provide drinking water to local communities in Jharsuguda, Odisha, to provide relief against the summer heat. Water kiosks have been set up at Bhurkamunda village, Sarbahal Chowk, Jharsuguda Railway Station and Bus Stand, in association with NGO Sehada, to provide free drinking water, lemon water and buttermilk to the public. The kiosks serve around 8000 people daily, including travelers at the Jharsuguda Railway Station. The company has also deployed water tankers to provide drinking water to communities in 11 wards of Jharsuguda who are facing acute water shortage, helping nearly 25,000 people.

 Dedicating the water kiosk at Bhurkamunda village to public, Mr. Sunil Gupta, CEO – Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, said, “As extreme weather conditions prevail, we, at Vedanta Aluminium, are extending all possible support to provide relief to the residents of Jharsuguda. The quality of life and wellbeing of Jharsuguda’s populace is at the centre of our community welfare endeavours.  We are committed to creating a lasting positive impact in the regions where we operate, through our operations and developmental interventions.”

Every year, Vedanta Aluminium partners with Jharsuguda Municipality to supply drinking water in water-stressed localities during the summer months, so that the community has access to clean and safe drinking water throughout the season. The company has also created several water infrastructures in its peripheral villages, like ponds, tube wells, dug wells, percolation tanks, etc. to ensure water availability round the year. Each summer, the company also undertakes deep cleaning of ponds and other water sources in the nearby areas, so these water bodies can be rejuvenated and recharged when monsoon arrives.

Appreciating the company’s efforts towards making available drinking water to public, Mr. Manoj Tandi, Executive Officer – Jharsuguda Municipality, said, “The summer season sees acute water shortages in certain parts of Odisha. Vedanta Aluminium’s support to the District Administration in providing safe drinking water to the community, is helping address water shortage in the region. I commend the company for coming forward with this initiative to alleviate distress in these extreme weather conditions.”

Vedanta is India’s largest producer of the green metal, aluminium, operating a world-class 1.6 MTPA aluminium smelter and 3615 MW thermal power generation facility in Jharsuguda, Odisha. The only Indian smelter in the global ‘1 Million Tonne’ production and export club, Vedanta Jharsuguda is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications across core industries. With its state-of-the-art facilities, unparalleled engineering prowess, R&D and innovation abilities, Vedanta Jharsuguda is working towards a sustainable and greener future for all by spurring emerging applications of aluminium, the ‘Metal of the Future’.

About Vedanta Limited:

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa and Namibia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector. Vedanta is committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner and has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net zero operations. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies company have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium at 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. Vedanta is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class Aluminium Smelters, Alumina Refinery and Power Plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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Aluminium Business, Vedanta Ltd.


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