Enhancing Sanitation Facilities at Petrapole Land Port, West Bengal
The project, a collaboration between IDFC Foundation and the Land Ports Authority of India, sets forth a series of vital objectives and initiatives to transform the sanitation landscape at Petrapole Land Port, the largest land port in South Asia.
Infrastructure Assessment: The project begins by conducting a meticulous assessment of the existing sanitation infrastructure to identify shortcomings and gaps that need to be addressed.
Development Plan and Design: Following the assessment, a comprehensive development plan and design are crafted to modernize sanitation facilities, encompassing the construction of toilets, wash basins, and bathing units.
Execution and Construction: The project then progresses to the execution phase, where construction begins to establish these vital sanitation facilities at strategically located points within the port.Monitoring and Maintenance: Ongoing monitoring is a key aspect of the project, ensuring that the newly established sanitation facilities remain functional, clean, and accessible to border security staff, bus drivers, and warehouse personnel.
CSR Funding Utilization: The project’s expenses are met through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds, reflecting a commitment from the corporate sector to invest in critical infrastructure improvements that uplift the working conditions and well-being of the land port community.
Open Defecation Reduction: By making hygienic sanitation facilities accessible, the project directly contributes to reducing open defecation practices, enhancing public health, and fostering a cleaner and more hygienic environment within the port premises.
Health and Well-being Enhancement: The availability of proper sanitation facilities not only improves the hygiene of the working environment but also contributes to the overall health and well-being of the individuals working at the port. The project is designed to create a healthier, safer, and more dignified environment for all.
Collaborative Synergy: The project signifies the collaborative synergy between IDFC Foundation and the Land Ports Authority of India, highlighting the shared dedication of the public and private sectors in addressing crucial societal challenges.
The project is a profound testament to the transformative potential of collaborative efforts and corporate responsibility. Through the improvement of sanitation facilities at a critical transportation hub, the project creates a more dignified, healthier, and safer working environment, while also making significant contributions to broader public health and hygiene goals.