Social infrastructure is indispensable for progress; L&T, as India’s leading builder of major infrastructure projects, is committed to promoting initiatives that enhances the quality of life of communities. This includes Water conservation and Distribution in water stressed locations, Providing sanitation facilities, Education and Health services, skill training and community empowerment with equity and inclusion.
Building India’s Social Infrastructure – Our Goals & Activities
Focusing on many social challenges in the communities, we propose to work towards the following outcomes from our Social Infrastructure programs, based on need assessment, commitment from the community and feasibility.
Water & Sanitation
Ensuring availability of safe drinking water and water for agriculture in water stressed locations across India; constructing and ensuring use of toilets; promoting sustainable agricultural practices livestock rearing practices and livelihood; enabling communities to navigate impact of Climate Change, ensuring nutritional food intake to prevent malnutrition and building capacities of communities for sustainability.
Helping improve access to education by increased enrollment in pre-school, children attending neighborhood schools and community learning centres; facilitating a learning environment at school and homes of children by encouraging parents’ participation and involvement; improving quality of learning through better school infrastructure and capacity building of teachers for better teaching-learning processes; introducing and promoting use of technology and hands-on learning processes for preparing students with 21st century skills and promoting scientific rigour among students specifically in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Helping improve access to quality health care by expanding infrastructure of health centres and outreach services
Through our Construction Skills Training Institutes (CSTI), Multi Skill Training Centre and Skill Training Academy. Building capacity of the Skill Ecosystem within the nation. Enhancing employability of youth through increased training capacity, improved infrastructure of skill development centres, as well as vocational training courses for facilitating their contribution to the economy.
We also work to build a collaborative eco-system comprising L&T, the community, our employees, their families, NGOs, government agencies, chambers of commerce and academic institutes to fulfil a larger social commitment.
L&T has an integrated approach to its water security and sanitation projects. L&T has been working in water-stressed regions to make water accessible for drinking, sanitation, and agriculture in 3 states in India namely Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu since 2015.
Through robust community-led processes, we have made water available through groundwater recharge and using water-saving agricultural techniques, created sanitation facilities, increased agricultural income and transformed lives. In parallel, by strengthening people’s institutions, L&T has ensured that the impact created by the programme is sustained and taken forward directly by the communities themselves. The inclusion, empowerment and mainstreaming of women, the poor and vulnerable groups into the decision-making processes was found to be crucial for the sustainability of the project.
As of January 2022 the project covers 38420 households, and an area of 24819 hectares in these states.
Our sanitation efforts focus on creating water sufficiency and awareness regarding open defecation in communities. L&T designed toilets are customised to suit local needs, and built by locally trained community members. The project constructed 4,216 well-designed household and 58 school toilet-cum-bathrooms with locally sourced materials. Community vigilance committees ensure toilet usage, thereby helping achieve the target of making project areas open defecation free.
The community sanitation intervention was extended to schools, where more than 5000 children were made aware of the importance of using toilets. These children then became the torchbearers of change by spreading awareness through rallies and cultural activities.
Once water sufficiency is achieved, the communities are also helped to improve their access to healthcare, education and income-generation skills.