RO PLANT IN JJ CLUSTERS
Tata Power-DDL in collaboration with Tata Projects designed and developed Skid Mounted RO Purification Unit in the capacity of 500 Liter per Hour (LPH). This plant helps remove high TDS, fluorides and other contaminations and provides safe drinking water to the community.
Tata Power-DDL has signed a MoU with Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for installing industrial type RO (reverse osmosis) plants with ATW (any time water) machines. Tata Power-DDL installed 40 RO water plants at government schools falling within the area of Jhuggi Jhopri clusters & resettlement colonies including 3 plants at Jhuggi Jhopri clusters and one at Kashmere Gate Delhi Metro station.
Each of the RO plant sites within the JJ clusters are taken care by women of the Self Help Group (SHG) that are associated with Tata Power-DDL. The basic idea behind this project is to make it self-sustaining, however, Tata Power-DDL would continue to overlook the maintenance, control and up keep of the plant. The households that are settled within the JJ clusters and are desirous of availing the facilities of the RO plant water have to register for the scheme. Upon registration each household shall be allowed to draw 300 liters of RO water per month against the payment of Rs.30. Each of these households will be issued swipe cards to facilitate the drawing of drinking water. Every day, a maximum of 10 liters of water can be drawn by each household. An awareness program about safe drinking water and RO plants are also organized. The women from the SHG of each location visit the awareness session organized by visiting the residents of the JJ clusters.
More than 1, 94, 250 individuals get portable drinking water from these RO water plants. The benefit generated is of immense value to the communities, as it not only assures good health index but also provide access to clean, free and safe drinking water to residents of the surrounding jhuggi jhopri (JJ) clusters.
MOBILE HEALTH DISPENSARIES
Lack of sanitation and unhygienic living conditions result in the poor health indices of the residents of the Jhuggi Jhopri clusters & resettlement colony. Healthcare takes a backseat as these people struggle to feed and clothe themselves with their meager earnings. This lack of basic amenities and unable to make ends meet, forces them to receive poor and low quality treatment, which elongates the suffering of the patient and further aggravates his/her problem.
Tata Power-DDL has three mobile dispensary vans at their disposal, equipped with a doctor, a pharmacist, bed and medicines each of which are there to tend to the daily needs and health issues of the cluster citizens. These vans serve all of the 200+ JJ clusters by making daily visits to identified clusters on a weekly basis and covers 60 JJ clusters within a month.
The consumers who are regular with paying their electricity dues are given free consultation & medicines and the individuals who are defaulters or don’t have a metered connection are given free consultation only. Through this initiative we aim to encourage defaulters & unmetered consumers to become legitimate consumers of electricity. These mobile dispensaries provide quality medicines and consultation to the affected people, which otherwise would remain out of their reach. The initiative began with one mobile dispensary but ever since it has collaborated with Eduquest, an NGO we now have two new dispensaries up and running. Till now 1, 41,984 beneficiaries have been benefitted through our mobile dispensary and health camps. Last year Financial Year (2015-16), 61,605 beneficiaries have been reached.
Focused sessions are taken up at JJ clusters and vocational training cum tutorial centers where awareness sessions on lifestyle diseases, sanitation, general cleanliness, personal hygiene are given and discussed by the doctors.
DRUG DE-ADDICTION CAMPS
The residents of the JJ clusters and resettlement colonies are mostly displaced residents and migrant population that come in search of employment from rural areas to the capital. The reality more often is not in synchronization with their dreams of earning a decent living and hence they fall prey to various addictions such as drugs and alcoholism in order to escape the reality of their existence. The entire earnings of a single family unit gets spent on meeting the expenses of basic life needs like food, medicines, electricity and children’s education. Sometimes these basic life needs do not get fulfilled. The result of this gap of unrequited needs and desires creates an environment of scarcity and dissatisfaction within the communities, which in turn leads to social unrest.
In association with Prajapita Braham Kumaris, Tata Power-DDL organizes drug de-addiction camps for JJ cluster & resettlement colony residents. The camps are held in a centrally located area and are purposely scheduled during the evening, as most residents return from their day’s work in the evening. The beneficiaries are counseled about the ill effects of addiction and given free homeopathy medicines. The camp is followed by another follow up camp within a month. To assess the efficacy of the campaign, beneficiaries are personally interviewed along with their family members in order to verify their improvement vis-à-vis addictions. A total of 60 camps are organized per annum and till now 44,390 beneficiaries have been covered through these camps. The success rate of drug de-addiction has been approximately 15 % of the total attendees of the camp.
BLOOD DONATION CAMPS
Tata Power-DDL in association with the Red Cross Society organizes blood donation camps where its employees, their families and consumers contribute towards saving lives in distress. Being a corporate donor, a Tata Power-DDL employee can avail of facilities from Red Cross’s blood bank through a doctor’s prescription. This is done, despite the fact that he/she did not donate blood during camps. Tata Power- DDL has received many awards by the Indian Red Cross society for its contributions. Till date, a total number of 3,375 individuals have donated their blood to patients in need.