Bala Vikasa and Verizon India join hands for a greener footprint
Chennai, 30th July 2019: Bala Vikasa, a non-profit devoted to sustainable development in India, recently completed an extensive de-siltation project in the villages of Thimmakkapalli, Samudrala, Garnepalli, Konkapaka, Upparapalli, and Ranganayakagudem near Warangal, Telangana. With financial support from Verizon India, this community driven initiative is aimed at promoting sustainable farming practices and ensuring ecological balance in these regions.
As per the irrigation department records of Telangana government, there are over 45,000 small and medium tanks irrigating over 22 lakh acres in the state. Majority of these tanks start underperforming over a period of time due to silt deposits and low maintenance. This not only impacts water storage for farmers but also leads to an ecological imbalance with the erosion of top layer arable soil, making farmers depend on chemical fertilizers for better yield.
With the funds from Verizon India, Bala Vikasa has chosen these 6 villages for the desiltation project which entails:
procuring excavating machines and placing them in the tanks to excavate silt
training and guiding a community elected committee to oversee the excavation efforts
strengthening the perimeter of the tanks to prevent water from overflowing into the villages
tree plantation drives to foster better community relations
supplying the excavated silt to the farmlands
Commenting on this unique initiative, Kalyani Sekar, Vice President, Verizon India, said, and “Caring for the environment is one of the priorities of Verizon’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs in India. The Bala Vikasa project is expected to help farmers and the cause of environment in equal measures.”
Shoury Reddy Singareddy , Executive Director, Bala Vikasa, said, “ The tank desiltation program brings instant, assured and multiple benefits not just to the farmers who participated in tank desiltation but also to the entire community. The farming community in these regions is highly invested in this project as is evident by their willingness to share part of the costs incurred towards tractor rentals. We thank Verizon for supporting Bala Vikasa to extend the benefits to these 6 villages in Telangana.
Once completed, 1500 acres of farmlands will receive silt, water percolation rate will improve significantly, thereby increasing water table levels in and around the village.