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23 Oct 2018 -Ahmedabad and Mundra CGPL implements national standards for Participatory Groundwater Management in 19 villages in Gujarat’s Kutch district

Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL), a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility, today announced that it has successfully implemented National-level standards for the third phase of Participatory Groundwater Management (PGWM) in the Kankavati sandstone aquifer region in Kutch district in Gujarat. It has been initiated in collaboration with Arid Communities and Technologies and Geo Science Services covering 19 villages and aims to demonstrate various interventions of the PGWM in an integrated and scientific manner.

Spread over an area of 34072  hectres in 19 villages  across Mundra and Mandvi, the activities has been categorized into five categories such as 01) Action research 02) Implementation of water security plan 03) Participatory monitoring and data collection to develop Socio-technical Protocols for GW Management 04) Setting up and define utility of field research lab and 05) Monitoring, evaluation and documentation.

  • CGPL initiated the revival of sustainable water sources since 2015 through a multi-layered scientific approach to understand the root cause of the perennial water scarcity issue in the region. With the support of Panchyata and  community members CGPL prepared the ground for its work through data collection, analysis and regular monitoring of groundwater and rainfall. In this project, a cadre of Bhujal Jankar ( Para Hydrologist)  has also been built up to reinforce the field work and effective implementation of the project through Participatory approach. In this financial year, Wheels India Nishwarth (WIN) Global Foundation has also joined hands through funding support for better implementation of PGWM ( Participatory Ground Water Management ) in the specified cluster comprised of 19 villages.

Post this study, CGPL and its partners worked on improving infrastructure for water harvesting and groundwater recharge through enhancement of existing water catchment and retention structures, building new recharge borewells and groundwater recharge pits. The initiative has been taken to minimize the water deficit in the region .  More numbers of stakeholders are showing their keen interest to participate in this program through fund support and replication of the activity in the region so that the water balance of the region can be maintained.

Commenting on the progress in improving the livelihood of farmers through PGWM, Mr. Ashok Sethi, COO & Executive Director, Tata Power said, “At CGPL, we identify ourselves as contributors in social development and progress at the local level. We will continue to expand our work in this region, ensuring considerable improvement in the quality of our farmers’ lives.”

The PGWM project is being  implemented by CGPL with an objective to bridge some important gaps like the lack of aquifer science in management decision making, engaging community for managing groundwater at demand end, inefficient techniques and technological alternatives specific to location/aquifer, consideration of groundwater as common pool resource & integrated planning and collaboration.

About Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd:

Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power Ltd, has implemented the 4000 MW (800 x 5 units) UMPP near the port city of Mundra in the state of Gujarat in India. This UMPP is India's first 800 MW unit thermal power plant using supercritical technology and is arguably the most energy-efficient, coal-based thermal power plant in the country. As per the bidding norms, the Project was designed to be run on imported coal. The Project is expected to benefit close to 16 million domestic consumers apart from supplying cost-competitive power to industry and agriculture. The Project will supply power to five states namely Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra in Western India and to Haryana and Punjab in Northern India, which are currently facing a shortage of electricity. It will provide a competitive source of power and help meet these states' growing demand for electricity. Reliable power from the project will help improve the competitiveness of the manufacturing and services industries, which often rely on expensive standby diesel generation to meet their power needs. Competitively priced power will also improve access to electricity in rural and urban areas while reducing the subsidy burden on the state Governments.

About Tata Power:

Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company and, together with its subsidiaries & jointly controlled entities, has an installed capacity of 10857 MW. A pioneer in the field, it has a presence across the entire power value chain: Generation of renewable as well as conventional power including hydro and thermal energy; transmission & distribution, trading and coal & freight logistics. With renewable energy assets in solar and wind accounting for 22% of the company's portfolio, Tata Power is a leader in clean energy generation. In line with the company's view on sustainable and clean energy development, Tata Power is steering the transformation of utilities to integrated solutions by looking at new business growth in EV charging & storage, distributed generation & rooftops, microgrids and home automation & smart meters.

It has successful public-private partnerships in generation, transmission & distribution in India namely: ‘Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.’ with Delhi Vidyut Board for distribution in North Delhi; 'Tata Power Ajmer Distribution Ltd.' with Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd. for distribution in Ajmer; 'Powerlinks Transmission Ltd.' with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi; 'Maithon Power Ltd.' with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand. Tata Power is serving more than 2.6 million distribution consumers in India and has developed the country’s first 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology.

With growing international focus, Tata Power's global presence includes strategic investments in Indonesia through a 30% stake in the coal company PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC); 26% stake in mines at PT Baramulti Suksessarana Tbk (BSSR); in Singapore through Trust Energy Resources; in South Africa through a joint venture called ‘Cennergi’ to develop projects in sub-Sahara Africa; in Zambia through a 50:50 joint venture with ZESCO for 120 MW Hydro project; in Georgia through AGL which is a joint venture with Clean Energy, Norway & IFC for development of 187 MW hydro project; in Bhutan through a hydro project in partnership with The Royal Government of Bhutan.

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