As a part of our CSR efforts, we at Ashok Leyland
have been providing access to affordable clean drinking water to
communities in rural areas of Hosur, Namakkal and Chennai. On
22nd November the 16th purified drinking water ATM was inaugurated at
Nandiyambakkam in Minjur block near Chennai. Mr.K V Natarajan, Ennore
Plant Head along with Mr. M Sellamuthu, GM-HR Ennore Plant inaugurated
this ATM which will benefit over 3000 families, in the midst of a huge
gathering of enthusiastic villagers.
One such beneficiary is the 45-year-old Malathi ,she has
been buying drinking water cans each costing Rs.30 and says that she
even rations drinking water so that each can serves the family of five
for at least 4 days. “Now, I’m very thankful to Ashok Leyland for
setting up this water ATM facility in my village”, she said.
On 20th November, Malathi’s face beamed with joy as she
occupied the very first seat in the Water ATM inauguration ceremony.
She listened with utmost concentration to understand the process of
taking water from the ATM, where a pre-paid RFID enabled card is to be
swiped against every 20-litre fill by an individual and Rs.4 will be
deducted in the card. “Though it is only Rs.4, I will continue to
ration water and tell my family to use it judiciously, because water
conservation is very important in order to enjoy this ATM facility for
many years. Also, I will ensure that we as a community maintain this
ATM and its surrounding areas”, she added.