RCB Inaugurates Its Second Jal Jeevan Center
RCB’s Jal Jeevan Project was awarded a Global Grant this year by The Rotary Foundation for setting up clean and safe drinking water, on a sustainable basis, at slums in Mumbai.
In keeping with this premise, on October 16th, RCB inaugurated its second Jal Jeevan Center at Rathodi village in the Malwani slums of Malad, with international partner Rotary Club of Detroit and in collaboration with Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment (EFIE).
With it, thousands of Rathodi inhabitants will benefit by buying drinking water at a subsidized rate of `10 for a 20-litre jar from a Reverse Osmosis water purification plant installed by EFIE.
The plant is run by a Self Help Group (SHG) who earn money from the sale of water using a social business model conceived by RCB. The profits from the sale of water will be used for upliftment of the local community for purposes such as water and sanitation, as well as economic development, which are key thrust areas of Rotary.
The plant was inaugurated by President Dr. Mukesh Batra, District Governor Gopal Mandhania and District Secretary Rtn Ashwin Shetty. Amongst those present were Rtn Suresh Goklaney, Executive Vice- Chairman, Eureka Forbes; Rohan Dalal, Chairman – Water Resources Committee; PP Sandip Agarwalla – the vision behind the project; Director Ravi Fotedar, Committee members Vineet Suchanti, Mahesh Khubchandani, Christopher Bluemel and Bimal Mehta. Also present were President Nominee Jagdish Malkani and Director Jaidev Merchant.