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  • Water Conservation in Focus: Continental India Inaugurates a Series of Check Dams in Anekal Taluk

    Published on November 8, 2021

    • The project will have a long-term positive impact on overall water security in the greater region
    • The check dam project is part of the larger integrated rural development program, which commenced on January 2020 at the Anekal Taluk
    • The check dam project is the sixth activation initiated so far at Anekal Taluk

    Bengaluru :  Continental India initiated a large-scale sustainable water conservation project at Anekal Taluk, Bengaluru, as part of its ongoing integrated rural development program. The water conservation projects include the construction of a mini reservoir, four check dams and 500 water absorption trenches at the Pearl Valley catchment area in Anekal Taluk. The project envisages the conservation of about 30,000,000 liters of water per annum, and benefit 2200 hectares of land across eight villages. United Way of Bengaluru is the implementation partner for the project.

    The Groundbreaking Ceremony was conducted by Prashanth Doreswamy, Head of Continental India, and Managing Director Continental Automotive India together with Lakshminarayana Swamy, Executive Officer of Anekal Taluk, President; Munirathna Anupamma Nagaraj, President of Gram Panchayat; Chaithra Babu, Vice President of Panchayat; and Avinash, Panchayat Development Officer (PDO).

    Prashanth Doreswamy, Country Head – Continental India and Managing Director Continental Automotive India, said, “We rolled out the integrated rural development program at the Anekal Taluk in January 2020. Since then we have initiated many community-building activities. With this water conservation project, we aim to achieve water security, improved biodiversity, and with it, improved levels of carbon sequestration. The earliest benefits will be addressing the acute water scarcity of adjacent villages for both agricultural and domestic use. We hope to achieve our overall objectives over the next few years.”

    The total geographical area of the project is 2200 Hectares, with a total Catchment area of 10.5 Sq KM and command area of 4046 hectares for the project.

    The check dam project has seven primary objectives:

    • Regulation of water runoff and mitigation against flooding
    • Optimal capture of rainwater and ensuring above surface storage
    • Support flora and fauna to access water and help their safer habitat
    • Mitigate human-animal conflict by making water available for animals within their safer habitat and avoid them from wandering off
    • Ensure groundwater recharge in the valley
    • Enhancement of natural, indigenous vegetation and bio-diversity
    • Positive impact on the eco-system in the pearl valley where the human, animal, vegetative life can thrive

    Continental is keeping up with its commitment to sustainability

    In 2020, Continental began working with the gram panchayat of Anekal Taluk, Bengaluru Urban District, to implement sustainability initiatives in villages. With UnitedWay of Bengaluru as the NGO partner, Continental has implemented several initiatives including soil and water conservation, sustainable agricultural practices, rooftop rainwater harvesting, women’s livelihood support, aligned towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The program also focuses on interventions that will help in increasing livelihoods and household incomes by creating opportunities for entrepreneurship.

    Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic, and transportation. In 2020, Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion and currently employs around 193,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.

    The company has been present in India for close to 50 years through technology partnerships (Continental Tires since 1974) and joint ventures for its various businesses. Today, the tier 1 automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner operate across India – with about 8,000 employees across 13 locations, including eight plants that cater to the Indian market and a Technical Center that supports Continental’s global R&D activities.