Bhubaneswar: At a time when the state capital – Bhubaneswar is in the throes of severe heatwave conditions and the temperature has risen above 42 degrees C, there is an urgent need for cold water, lemon water and buttermilk for particularly poor road travelers, to get relief from heat and protection against sunburn.

Vedanta in association with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up Jal Seva Shibira at 15 prominent places in Bhubaneswar identified by the civic body. These kiosks will provide fresh water, lemon water and buttermilk from 9am to 5pm until mid-June 2022. The kiosks will be operated by two NGOs – Automahasang and Deesha. Biogram, an all-female startup, leads NGOs for work.

On 30.04.22, the opening ceremony of all the kiosks was made by Mrs. Sulochana Das, Mayor of Bhubaneswar in the presence of Dr. Tapan Chand, former CMD of NALCO and current President of Vedanta, known for his good CSR projects in l steel, coal and aluminum sector.

Mrs. Sulochana Das, Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipality, thanked Vedanta for carrying out such a beneficial project on time. She also said that birds and animals also face the heat and we should take care of them. She also advocated for planting trees to increase greenery and rainfall.

Rahul Sharma, CEO of Vedanta Aluminum & Power, informed in his post that Jal Seva Shibira is a need-based beneficial program for people and that Vedanta will soon introduce other such beneficial programs at the state level. Knowing from the Vedanta team that Vedanta has programs for animals, pets and birds as well as mass planting programs, they profusely thanked Rahul Sharma and Dr. Tapan for their timely initiative and welfare measures. – be extremely beneficial.

Some eminent personalities from Odisha attended the ceremony and also inaugurated other outlets. During the inauguration of Jal Seva Shibira near Governor House, Odia superstar Sabyasachi Mishra said that Vedanta was a friend who needed the people of Odisha.

Padmavibhushan Shri Sudarshan Sahoo and Padmashree Prabhakar Maharana inaugurated Jal Seva Shibira at Vanivihar chowk and Nayapalli respectively and said that Vedanta Aluminum works for the good of the state.

Padmashree Aruna Mohanty opened the Jal Sivir at Mastercanteen and thanked Vedanta for coming to help the poor on the streets through this high temperature and heat wave.

Swamy Jagadananda of Shiv Chidanandacentanary school, Bhubaneswar created Shantipath and inaugurated Jal Seva Shibir near Rabindra Sadan and blessed Vedanta for their noble work.

Sriya Talkies near Gurudwara Jal Seva Shibira was inaugurated by popular social worker Ms Arati Devi who said that Vedanta is doing excellent CSR in Jharsuguda and Lanjigarh.

Director of KIIT International Center Shri Jayant Parida and Lt Gen JK Mohanty, President, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Bhubaneswar extended their compliments to Vedanta and its Founder for bringing transformation to Jharsuguda and lately bringing strong people orientation in their welfare measures while inaugurating Jal Seva Shibira.

Many resident welfare associations, citizens associations and groups hailed Vedanta’s initiative at the state level in bringing relief during the scorching summer as a welcome change and noble work.