Bengaluru, June 23rd, 2020.
In its mission to enrich lives in the communities, Toyota Kirloskar Motor today inaugurated two community-based water purification units in Maddur Taluk in Mandya District. In addition, two more units will be inaugurated by end of this month in Ramanagara District. With this, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has installed a total of 41 units in and around its manufacturing unit in Ramanagara in addition to two units set up at Vishali and Varansi.
The center was inaugurated and handover to the village representatives by Mr. DC Thammanna, MLA and Ex -Transport Minister Government of Karnataka in the presence of TKM officials.
The newly set up unit has a 1000 liter per hour capacity accompanied with a minimum 6-stage purification system. The advanced machine is equipped with a real time water reporting system that will provide data on Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), PH value contents for delivering the high standards of purified water to the community members. The unit is also fitted with multiple water dispensing system to address congestion. In addition, the installed unit is equipped with solar system, power backup, wastewater management. TKM has also entered into a 15 years maintenance agreement with agency to ensure longevity of the project.
Commenting on the new unit launch, Mr. Vikram Gulati, Country Head & Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Public Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility & Corporate Governance, Toyota Kirloskar motor said, “At TKM, our guiding principle has always been to improve lives, and act on day-to-day life essential issues. We want to enrich the society with endeavors that are relevant, self-sustainable and meaningful. Therefore, our emphasis is to always secure the strong support of local communities so that each initiative can attain good sustainability. When we studied our neighboring community, the biggest threat was the access to treated water. Hence, in 2013 we harnessed our CSR program to invest in the creation of adequate infrastructure to increase access to safe and affordable drinking water. Today, we are humbled to announce, that we have touched over 2,60,000 in 250 villages.
It also gives us immense satisfaction that our CSR initiatives are meaningful and have so far touched the lives of more than 14,00,000 people with a commitment to bring in socio-economic development. With our continued commitment towards these causes we hope to continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. DC Thammanna, MLA and Ex -Transport Minister Government of Karnataka said, “As responsible citizens, ensuring the health, safety and hygiene of the communities is of utmost importance. The Government, local authorities & Corporates must come together in understanding and catering to the critical needs of the neighboring community. Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental human right and a major cause of worry. By setting up these water units, Toyota has made a significant contribution to address this problem. I strongly believe that with the support of companies like Toyota, we will be able to make more and more villages free from such indispensable issues and aid them for a better tomorrow.”
Starting 2001, CSR has been an integral part of TKM’s philosophy. The voluntary initiatives taken up by TKM and our employees focus primarily on scalability and sustainability. The activities revolve around five main themes of Education, Environment, Health & Hygiene, Road Safety and Skill Development. These themes are aligned on the need of the community at large and national priorities with the aim to consistently work to adopt outcome and impact-oriented approach in all our social projects to ensure.
In the areas of Health & Hygiene, TKM has taken series of initiatives to counter the growing concerns around insufficient sanitation facilities in government schools and lack of adequate training among school children. TKM has pledged its support to the ‘Swachh Bharat campaign.’ Under this initiative, TKM has constructed 907 school sanitation units in Ramanagara district in Karnataka [includes 125 units are located in Varanasi and 125 units in Vaishali in Bihar]. Around 29,406 girl children are benefitted from this program.
Recognizing the need for a new approach, TKM also initiated the ABCD project with a focus on bringing in a behavioral change. The Project ABCD (A Behavioral Change Demonstration) not only aims at achieving 100% school sanitation by increasing awareness, it also promoters dignity and privacy for the girl child by upgrading existing unhygienic school toilets to usable condition as well as to promote learning and retention among school children, teachers as well as the community members. Under this program, a special initiative of motivating community to construct individual household sanitation units was undertaken and more than 10,754 individual household units have been constructed and 92 villages were declared Open Defecation Free villages.
In line with our ethos of sustainable solutions in all our interventions this initiative is carefully crafted taking local communities on board to ensure long term sustainability.