Volkswagen has constructed and repaired three Bandharas in the drought-affected region of Naiphad village. The German-based automobile manufacturer has also desilted several of the existing water channels. Cleaning and construction of the Bandharas are part of VW's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Naiphad village is situated roughly 60km away from Volkswagen's Pune facility. The village was chosen for this CSR activity through Government of Maharashtra's 'Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan'. Volkswagen India previously undertook a similar project in Gulani, Khed.
Present at the handover of this project to the Gram Panchayat were the following. Saurabh Rao, District Collector, Pune, Himmatrao Kharade, Sub Divisional Officer, and Ajit Deshmukh, Regional Officer, MIDC. Gram Panchayat members were also present and were led by Kishor Atmaram Kawale, Sarpanch.
German-based automobile manufacturer organised an event for the handover of the project on April 16, 2016. Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India, promised to make Maharashtra drought free through several ambitious initiatives.