Murbad: The State Bank of India extended Corporate Social Responsibility assistance to a project, in Sanstha village at Bhoirwada in Murbad taluka of Thane district, to drill a 500-feet deep borewell, lay a 1.5 kms long underground pipeline, install 2 large overhead water storage tanks of 5000 litres capacity each on 15 feet tall towers and connect them to each of the 35 individual dwelling units through separate pipelines.

The project is a boon to the villagers as it brings potable water to their doorstep, besides saving them time and effort, as they would no longer need to trudge long distances to fetch water for domestic use. Each dwelling unit had elderly tribal inhabitants with no access to the basic amenity – drinking water. In the post-monsoon months, come January, rain water that had been stored in small tanks in each household would just run out and the ageing, infirm men and women of the tribal hamlet had to walk 1.5 kms each way to fetch water for domestic use.

The SBI, CAG branch, BKC, Mumbai’s generous assistance is indeed a worthy initiative that led to the setting up of the infrastructure towards facilitating access to drinking water for the Adivasi inhabitants at so remote a location. The inaugural function of the project was held on January 30 that was graced by dignitaries of the SBI bank and followed by serving lunch to 300 villagers and the guests.

Nand Kishore general manager of the SBI, CAG branch, BKC, Mumbai, S. Venkateswarlu andManoranjan Panda, deputy general managers, Awadesh Verma, assistant general manager, Prashant Parkar, staff, Bhupinder Singh Kohli, Daljit Singh and S. Anantharaman, retired staff, graced the function.