Sukru Camp is a settlement of about 150 households, located near the Essar Beneficiation plant at Kirandul, Chhattisgarh. This community, which has a population of about 1,200 residents, struggles with issues of water supply, as both adequacy and quality of water is a major issue.
Besides, open defecation and bathing in unhygienic conditions also posed health problems to the community. With a thrust on infrastructure development and improvement of water and sanitation conditions in communities, Essar Foundation thus pitched in to mobilize the Government of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign to get sanitation facilities sanctioned for Sukru Camp.
Besides this, in a consultative process with the community it was decided to channelize water from a natural spring called Ramabuti Falls from where majority of the population of Kirandul town gets its drinking water. A structured pipeline scheme was prepared under which drinking water would be provided to Sukru Camp and its hamlet Talab Para from the source.
Two tanks with taps for drinking water and a bathing complex with eight cubicles (four for men and four for women) have been provided in the Sukru camp. The Foundation also facilitated the formation of a local committee of women to undertake operation and maintenance of the scheme.
The water supply-cum-bathing complex scheme was inaugurated by the Chairman, Kirandul Municipal Corporation, on June 21, 2013 in the presence of prominent personalities of Kirandul town and the community.