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Alstom Foundation sets up a model ‘Eco Village’ in West Bengal

30/01/2015
Inauguration of Eco village in Moldanga, West Bengal

Inauguration of Eco village in Moldanga, West Bengal

Alstom today inaugurated an Eco Village in Moldanga in Burdwan district of West Bengal in the presence of Dr. Saumitra Mohan, District Magistrate and Collector, Bardhaman, Ms. Dominique Jaoul, Secretary, Alstom Foundation, Mr. P.V. Narayanan, Country CSR[1] Head, Alstom India and Mr. Rajib Ghosh, Director of Alstom Durgapur unit.

Alstom Foundation has adopted Moldanga village in association with Swami Vivekananda Vani Prachar Samiti to usher in balanced and all-round development. This initiative is an extension of Alstom’s CSR activities and is in line with the company’s focus on sustainable development for transforming villages into Eco villages. Moldanga has a population of around 47 families, which belong to the Santhal tribe and is located close to Alstom’s Durgapur manufacturing unit.

As part of this endeavour, Alstom Foundation has already addressed the primary needs of 24X7 electricity and clean water in the village by setting up solar powered lamps and providing water filters. Following the Prime Minister’s vision of developing Model Villages in each Indian district by 2019 and the government’s ‘Clean India’ initiative, individual sanitation units have also been provided to each of the households and a set of sanitation units have been constructed in the village school. A livelihood and child education centre has been constructed to cater to the various socio-economic and cultural development needs of the village, which is mainly focused on tailoring and animal farming, and help villagers step up their incomes.

Speaking on the occasion, Rathin Basu, Country President, Alstom India & South Asia said, “The adoption of Moldanga is another step towards strengthening Alstom commitment to India and work towards the socio-economic upliftment of its people by creating self-sustaining models that are aligned to the work culture of that area. Our CSR policy reflects our corporate philosophy of living and working together for the common good and we aim to adopt other villages in different parts of the country. We believe that we should create pride in the minds of all those who associate with us in this noble cause. Alstom encourages employees to actively participate in the CSR activities. In the success of Moldanga project too, our employees at Durgapur have shown commendable dedication and commitment."

Alstom Foundation has been involved in various community welfare programs in the past including setting up of a BioOrja plant for Akshaya Patra kitchen in Vadodara, Green Orphanage for disadvantaged children in Karnataka to name a few. This drive is dedicated to offer healthy society and environment to the villagers while addressing to their immediate needs and improving their lifestyle.

About Alstom Foundation

Alstom has been actively involved in campaigning with local partners around the world to improve the quality of life in the local communities neighbouring its plants, sites and corporate offices. Alstom’s philanthropic arm called Alstom Foundation was set up in November 2007 that embodies environmental protection as a crucial commitment to the future of the planet. It aims to support public interest initiatives designed to protect the environment.

About Alstom

Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20 billion and booked €21.5 billion in orders in 2013/14.


[1] CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility

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