CybageAsha helps villages hit by drought


CybageAsha, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) wing of Cybage Software, has undertaken two projects to help the drought-hit areas in Pune district. Ten localities in four villages in the areas of Nagar Road, Nashik Road, and Saswad-Supa Road are being supplied with water tankers, and a reservoir-building project is underway in Mawdi-Pimpri area.

“When we began sending tankers to these areas, we realised that this is just short-term relief and that a reservoir would be a long-term solution. The idea of the reservoir came from the villagers themselves, so we funded it to make it happen,” said Deepak Nathani, COO of Cybage Software and head of CybageAsha.

CybageAsha has been helping with the construction of check dams. “The cost of the project is Rs2 lakh for the tankers and Rs50 lakh for the reservoir creation project,” said Nathani. The reservoir construction and de-silting project at Mawdi-Pimpri started last week. CybageAsha has been sending tankers to several localities in Pabal village, Kendur village and Mawdi Pimpri village since two months.

Shankar Narhe, a resident of Narhe Vandh locality in Pabal village, said the water supplied by CybageAsha was helpful, but it was not sufficient for the population of the 450 people there. “The water tankers are emptied by the people within 15-20 minutes of their arrival. There have been fights over water,” he said.