Company wooing locals with CSR activities
East Coast Energy Private Limited intensified its welfare activities to win the hearts of locals whose support is crucial for the company to restart the work though ECEPL got the nod from Ministry of Environment and Forests to resume the operations.
As a first step, the company established reverse osmosis water plant in Naupada village where locals had been deprived of protected water facility for many decades due to salinity. The plant is expected to cater the needs of entire village. All the villagers will be given cards to carry protect drinking water from the plant in a systematic way.
ECEPL vice president P.V.N. Raju said the company had invested Rs.12 lakh to set up RO water plant as more than 1,000 families were forced to drink salty water, causing diseases among them.
“The company has already decided to spend Rs.25 crore on CSR activities in the next few years to improve sanitation, education and rural infrastructure in all the villages in and around Kakarapalli plant,” Though the company is taking up CSR activities, a few locals are vehemently opposing the construction activity. They appealedto the government not to allow the ECEPL to resume its operations. Some of them burnt the study material supplied by the company to students to register their resentment over the company's activities.