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Tata Projects, Dalit industry body tie up for community water

Tata Projects and the industry body Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Dicci), with the support of Telangana government, would set up water purifying systems by following a social enterprise business model.

Already present in Telangana with 15 purifying units installed in the arid Mahbubnagar district, Tata Projects expects the tie-up with the industry body to help intensify greater deployment of the company-manufactured water purifying systems.

The company said its water purifying systems help local communities manage better water resources along with generating sustainable incomes from it.

Speaking on this, B Sudhakar, president and head of utility services, Tata Projects, said a lot of ground work like acclimatising communities and engaging them in the management of water resources, and business process education had to be done before deploying the units.

He said the company’s ground water reverse osmosis units and the surface water ultra filtration systems were being used by entrepreneurs in far-off villages across the country to produce 20 litres of water at Re 1, and sell them for Rs 4-8 for the local communities.

These community-managed water plants are able to achieve breakeven in 18 months to three years, depending upon the volumes installed, with higher capacities tending to become profitable much early, he said. For covering more villages, the company has developed small commercial vehicle-mounted filtration units, which cost three-four times more.

Meanwhile, Ravi Kumar, Dicci president south India said they had planned to cover these water units across 12,000 villages in the state.

Kumar was speaking to mediapersons at an event announcing the three-day Dicci industrial and trade expo starting from February 13 here, where 350 dalit entrepreneurs would showcase their products.

The event would also see Dicci and Telangana government signing an MoU with the National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (ni-msme) and Indian School of Business (ISB) for carrying out entrepreneurship development programmes for individuals located at district and mandal level in Telangana.

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