The rural population in Bikaner, Hanumangarh and Sri Ganganagar, three districts in the Indian state of Rajasthan lacked safe drinking water for years. In 2016, the Public Health Engineering Department of the State asked SUEZ to design, build and operate 150 UCD®2.
Lado Sarai is situated in the heart of South Delhi in the National Capital, surrounded by upscale areas like Saket, Greater Kailash, Sainik Farms, etc. with a population that comprises a significant number of educated upper-middle-class and upper-class gentry.
Yet, Lado Sarai, an urban village, which is majorly occupied by lower and lower middle-income groups, was bereft of most benefits that its well-heeled neighbourhood enjoyed.
Marked by cramped colonies with unauthorized occupants, Lado Sarai is densely populated. When SUEZ took over the operation of water distribution in 2013 in Malviya Nagar command area, this urban village, which is a part of the project area, suffered acute water shortage. The residents often complained of inadequate supply – ranging from 15 to 30 minutes on an average daily. Additionally, what bothered SUEZ were regular complaints of contaminated water by the residents.
The Group is equally committed towards the well-being of the communities in which it operates. With this objective, the Company has set up a trust, SUEZ Foundation – India, which is engaged to ensure balanced and sustainable development of regions by working with stakeholders that is crucial to their development and vitality. The Foundation is focusing on achieving a holistic development of the communities by initiating programs that ensure good health and wellbeing, quality education, clean water and sanitation, and gender equality.
One of SUEZ’s focus areas in CSR in India is enabling children from the underprivileged and marginalised socio-economic strata to get quality education and optimize their full potential. In one such initiative, SUEZ joined hands with Society for All Round Development (SARD), an NGO, to launch a launch a program in a Senior Secondary School in Wazirabad in Gurugram, Haryana. Spread over a period of three years, this program aimed to build upon four crucially connected dimensions -- social, academic, infrastructural and organizational, to contribute to a holistic development of the students while ensuring sustainability and capability building.