Soil for Water – A Winner All Round
Soil sourced from farms ensure water storage for farmers
Soil for water – a winner all round
Soil sourced from farms ensure water storage for farmers
L&T is constructing a 95-kilometre railway line in Vidisha District, Madhya Pradesh. This project includes railway track laying with signal systems. The project uses blanketing soil to lay tracks. The area around it had a considerable overburden and limited amount of good soil as the ground hits hard rock, five to six metres below the ground level.
The Company had a choice to either purchase soil from areas close-by or from a distant location which adds to the transportation costs. If they were to use soil from the vicinity, it meant additional procurement efforts as it had to be gathered from many farms. The land owners in the area are farmers with large farmlands. Yet, they lacked water all year round, and had no access to rivers or canals to cater to farmland requirements.
The only available source of water was the monsoon showers. Monsoons brought in a good amount of rainfall, yet the water could not be stored and used for agriculture. This situation restricted income from farming as it could only support one crop a year, and that too crops like Chana which do not require large amounts of water.
L&T held a series of stakeholder consultations to understand the situation and needs of farmers. It then joined hands with villagers to take soil from the vicinity, thereby creating a win-win situation for both parties. The soil collection process created large mine pits, which could be converted into water storage reservoirs. This move helped integrate sustainability with business as the Company got soil at fair value, and farmers received good value and reservoirs, which they could not have created by themselves.
Rain Water Storage Structures
Result
The intervention led to storage of rainwater in reservoirs, which is now used for growing crops like wheat and rice. These reservoirs are part of individual farmlands and water is directly pumped for irrigation. The soil is fertile, and hence, India’s best quality wheat is now cultivated in the region. The area now harvests up to two crops a year, improving its prosperity. More than 39 reservoirs were created, which are filled once a year holding more than 1,159 million litres of water. This transformed the lives of villagers, making it a defining case of bringing sustainability into their business.
   
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