While there are enough and more of those who romanticise the rains, staring at a steady pour flowing down the roads, Shekar Raghavan fumes. He can’t stand the sight of so much of rain water go down the drain. So he got down to Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) to recharge the aquifers in the increasingly concretised urban landscape of Chennai. He found ready support from none another than Jayalalitha, who as CM, made RWH compulsory in all buildings in the state in 2002.
Soon enough, the corporate sector discovered that Raghavan’s domain knowledge could be tapped for their CSR activities. They could work on the project to improve the groundwater table in and around Chennai city. Today, Raghavan’s Akash Ganga Trust has INStalled RWH in more than 20 charitable INStitutions in Chennai. The costs, of course, have been borne by big corporate names like Asian Paints, Crompton Greaves and VA Tech Wabag, the last being a leader in installing water treatment plants.