Clearford India Update Q3 2022
By Sanjay Deshpande, Executive Director & Head of Operations, Clearford India
Rains across India have been unusually heavy in this year’s monsoon season. At one of our sites located deep in the heart of the Rajasthan Desert, the rainfall broke a 150-year-old record and the village of Kharia Khangar was flooded for the entire month of August. Rampant flooding resulted in an increasingly slow operations across all our sites this quarter, but this does not come as a surprise to the Clearford India team. Part of the operations plan is to consider the monsoon season and during this operational lull, focus on business development strategies with existing and prospective clients throughout Q3.
Swaach Poondi, Tamil Nadu—Quarter 3 marks the completion of the Swaach Poondi project located in the southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Clearford partnered with the Indian arm of the Canadian NGO Children Believe to work on multiple Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mandated funded projects. These projects aim to prevent sewage flowing into a major water storage reservoir by collecting, treating, and recycling wastewater for reuse in either agricultural fields or orchards.
Alwa Village, Gujarat, Phase 3C—The final phase of the Alwa Village project funded by the CSR mandate of L&T Energy – Hydrocarbon, is the single largest corporate social responsibility rural development project awarded to Clearford India. The execution of this phase began in June 2022 and involved the installation of the Clearford One™ ClearConvey HDPE pipe network and a 70m3 Soil Biotechnology wastewater treatment plant designed to service 240 homes, two institutions, and 1205 residents.
During this phase, we held multiple stakeholder meetings and also completed the manufacture of the Mixers and Attenuators that will be deployed at this project after the monsoon ends. This project is scheduled for completion in March 2023.
UltraTech Kharia Khangar Town, Rajasthan, Phase 1—UltraTech marks Clearford India’s second project with the large Indian corporation, Aditya Birla Group.
Located in the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, the client has identified the large cement manufacturing unit’s sourcing of water as a risk. In efforts to mitigate this risk, Clearford India has designed the project requirements to specifically meet the client’s long‑term corporate sustainability needs for water security.
Since the signing of this project, Clearford has managed to complete the civil work construction of 95 ClearDigest Smart Digesters and a large 60,000L Main Pumping Station (MPS) underground tank. With the shipment of over 3 kms of HDPE piping, Clearford enters Q4 ready for the installation.
Pictured 1: Constructing a 60,000 Liter MPS, Kharia Khangar, Rajathan
Further details about the projects completed and underway can be found in the blog post: Clearford India Update Q1 & Q2 2022.
As mentioned earlier, Q3 is one of those periods where a large amount of our focus shifts from existing operations to business development. Corporate Social Responsibility funded projects have become a constant within the Clearford India pipeline and a market we intend to maintain. Extensive negotiations with various clients have kept Clearford India busy this past quarter. With projects located in the Northeastern State of Assam, State Capital Guwahati, Jharkhand State, Gujarat State, Clearford India has a design- and engineer-filled schedule for the remainder of the year.
In additional, Clearford India is in the process of identifying a pilot project site on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal in partnership with the International Europe based NGO People in Need.
Clearford India in the News
In recognition of Clearford’s contribution to India’s water operations, Sanjay Deshpande, Clearford India’s Executive Director & Head of Operations, has been invited to join the Board of Directors of the Mumbai Chapter of the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC) and will represent Clearford as the Country Director.