WABAG has launched Pro-Poor and Pro-Farmer project at Sokkan Odai, Killai, Chidambaram Taluk, Cuddalore District under CSR program. This project aims at restoring traditional irrigation through structural renovation in Sokkan Odai, part of Cauvery river drainage system. This would facilitate sustainable crop production in both flood and drought situations. Activities include channel de-silting, pipe outlets on channel banks, creation of farm ponds for water storage and bio mass production on the channel banks. The total project outlay is around INR 20 lakhs which is fully funded by WABAG.
The project is executed by Hand in Hand India, a reputed social development organization. As part of Sustainability Plan, Sokkan Odai Conservation Committee has been formed consisting of beneficiary farmers to take ownership of the community assets post project completion. This WABAG CSR project would benefit around 250 farmers and 350 ha. of farm land, supporting livestock rearing and livelihood enhancement of the local farming community.
This project was conceived by the Agricultural Engineering Department of the Cuddalore Collectorate and implemented by WABAG with the support of Government, NGO and the Killai farmers.
WABAG had earlier built a drinking water treatment plant at MGR Thittu, Killai village at a cost of INR 30 lakhs as part of Tsunami relief and rehabilitation apart from Community Centre at Mudasalodai in partnership with an Austrian NGO. Last year, WABAG renovated two ponds – one at Adivarahanallur and another at Thethampattu, Cuddalore District at a cost of INR 10.30 lakhs as part of watershed development plus program.