Kennametal India Limited, in partnership with United Way of India, a non-profit organization, initiated the launch of the “One Billion Drops” project in Bengaluru, India today with a groundbreaking ceremony. The project will take place at the Jayaprakash Narayan (J.P. Park) Bio-diversity Park in Mathikere to improve the ground water table of the park and its surrounding residential area. Apart from several community members, the event was graced by a special guest, Shri N. Munirathna, Hon’ble Horticulture, Planning and Statistics Minister for the State of Karnataka.
This project entails building 86 percolation pits over 90 days and will yield manifold benefits – from a 6-meter increase in the water table around J.P Park, to a decrease in rainwater waste, as well as securing water availability for the park and nearby residential areas. These efforts will also result in a substantial reduction in dependence on other water sources in the near term, while generating water supply for gardening and watering the park.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Vijaykrishnan Venkatesan, Managing Director, Kennametal India Limited said, “Our Corporate Social Responsibility platform is built on a three-pronged framework: promoting technical education, Kennametal involvement in community and protecting our planet. Through credible NGO partners, our Bengaluru facility is involved in various projects to make a meaningful impact around our manufacturing facility. ‘One Billion Drops’ is an initiative aligned with our core values and commitment to sustainability that ensures protection of the environment for future generations.”
Citing the importance of such projects, Shri N. Munirathna said, “The horticulture department of Karnataka has been taking initiative to increase the green cover of Bengaluru and sustain its status as the “garden city of India.” We are thankful to Kennametal for proposing and sponsoring this project through United Way India that will positively impact the environment by aiding in the conservation of our precious natural resources.”
Speaking on the significance of environmental sustainability, Jayanti Shukla, CEO – United Way of India said, “Rejuvenation of water bodies provides a viable water source for local communities and improves ground-water levels. Our programs for community welfare go hand-in-hand with environmental protection and reclamation.” She adds, “United Way of India is proud to be a part of this coalition with Kennametal India Limited and United Way of Bengaluru in building a long-term and sustainable solution for environmental conservation."