Vedanta Aluminium inaugurates free drinking water facility for the public in Sundargarh, Odisha

Bhubaneswar, February 23rd, 2024 – Owing to the early onset of summer in the region, Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest aluminium producer, has installed a drinking water facility at the Sundargarh bus stand in Odisha, providing access to clean and safe drinking water to over 500 people daily.Strategically situated at the bustling bus stand, this initiative addresses the requirement for clean drinking water in public spaces. The newly installed drinking water facility is one of the many initiatives ofVedanta Aluminium aimed atenhancing the quality of life while promoting clean water and sanitation practices in in the district. The project was inaugurated by Shrimati Kusum Tete, MLA, Sundargarh.

To address the needs of the local residents, the mines team of Vedanta Aluminium has previously implemented potable water infrastructure projects in the villages of Jamkhani, Girisima, and Mendra, fostering healthier living conditions. Additionally, the company conducts its annual ‘Jal Sewa Shibir’ in Odisha in the summer months, setting up water kiosks serving at public places for travellers, owing to the extreme weather conditions in the region during that time.Last year,Vedanta Aluminium organized a two-week-long ‘Jal Seva Shibir’ at the Rayagada bus stand in Odisha, where kiosks offered drinking water and lemonade, providing relief against the summer heatwave to over 65,000 people.

Mr. Ratan Sarangi, President,Sundargarh Private Bus Owner Association, expressed gratitude for Vedanta’s initiative to provide potable water, stating, “The initiative to provide access to clean drinking water for free will greatly benefit the travellers.I thank Vedanta for their valuable contribution.”

Vedanta Aluminium’s Mines Business is committed to propelling community development through focused interventions in the spheres of education, healthcare, livelihood, rural infrastructure, and grassroots sports & culture. A standout among its many initiatives are the Vedanta Nand Ghars, which are modernized anganwadis functioning as vibrant centres for holistic community development, providing pre-school education to children and quality healthcare and proper nutrition to children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.29 million tonnes in FY23. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 1st in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment 2023 world rankings for the aluminium industry, a reflection of its leading sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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