A better tomorrow: Hindalco Hirakud shows the way in infra building

Bhubaneswar: A town hall, a community centre for senior citizens, an all-weather bridge and drinking kiosks. Aditya Birla Group Company flagship Hindalco is touching human lives — in and around Sambalpur — like no other.
In fact, it’s only the beginning and there is more in store. And the common thread that runs through all these programmes is community development.
The infrastructure developer knows its mandate. As a shining example of its unwavering commitment, it is working in close concert with the local as well as district administration in Sambalpur. The mission? Building better infrastructure for Hirakud and its nearby areas.
The Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, led by visionary Rajashree Birla, remains the fountainhead of support. Driving the changes on the ground is Hindalco-Hirakud, whose ongoing work for the periphery community since the inception speaks for itself.
Numbers don’t lie. The benefits of social projects by Hirakud Complex have reached six periphery villages, apart from Hirakud and adjoining localities, which means a better tomorrow for more than 33,000 people.
Of the many projects, the 500-seater town hall for the public, the all-weather bridge connecting nearby villages of Hirakud, the drinking water kiosks at community centres and the senior citizen community hall merit your attention.
R K Gupta, Cluster Head of Hindalco, is well aware of the contribution the group is making. “Hirakud Town Hall, which was constructed by us and handed over to the district administration in March 2019 caters to the need of the city as there was no big hall at Hirakud for organising public meetings and functions. The local community has thanked Hindalco for its support,” he says.
Surely, it has not gone unnoticed. SubhransuBhuian, Deputy Commissioner of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation, acknowledges as much. The town hall by Hindalco is “extremely useful” for the city dwellers and has now become the hub of cultural programmes, welfare activities and high-level meetings, the top official says. During any crisis situation, this doubles up as a shelter home, too.
The Senior Citizen Community Hall has also been well received. Santosh Kumar Panda, President of the Senior Citizen Forum, has high words for Hindalco, which has “always been with people of the town and have done enormous welfare activities”.
The show will go on.