Water Plant


Peda Puthedu village is located 20 kms away from Nellore District, 10 Kms away from Dagadarthi Mandal and 10 kms away from Rajupalem mandal. The village belongs to the native of the Managing Director of Pravesha Industries. Praevesh being highly concerned about the social responsibility and environment concerns, has adopted the Peda Puthedu village to develop it as a model village. For transforming Peda Puthedu into a model village in all aspects, Pravesha has approached APMAS and assigned a task to assess the current status of the village and identify the development needs of various sections of the community – men, women, youth and social categories. APMAS team has visited the village on 11 January 2016 and the findings of the assessment were shared with the Managing Director of Pravesha Industries Ltd on 24 January 2017. The scope of development works to be undertaken were discussed and to make detailed assessment of the emerged scope of work, further visit was made to the Peda Puthedu village on 2 February 2017. All the sections in the village, the leaders, elders, CBOs and Panchayat members were met with and discussed on the concept of model village and the scope of the development works to be undertaken in the village. The project is initiated under the Government of Andhra Pradesh scheme of Smart Village, Smart Ward towards Smart Andhra Pradesh.

The project of Model village- Peda Puthedu is about bringing about behavioural change in a community for building a vibrant and well-informed society, through a community-led process towards inclusive and holistic development. Before starting the project, a need based study was conducted by APMAS in the village to understand the current and long term needs of the village. Based on the study findings, six major interventions are planned for a sustainable holistic development of the village. This village is the birthplace of Shri Madan Mohan Reddy and Shri Amarnath Reddy, one of the founder members of Pravesha Industries.

Project Info

Goal To transform Peda Puthedu village into a Model Village through a community-led process towards an inclusive & holistic development
Objective Strengthening people’s institution by developing stronger community participation
Location Peda Puthedu Village, Dagadarthi Mandal, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh
Outreach Main village - 513 Households
Period Feb 2017 to March 2019
Donor Pravesha Industries Ltd
Partnership Government of Andhra Pradesh
Team  Project Officer, Engineer (50%), 2 volunteers
This project contributes to achieve SDG 11 of sustainable cities and communities

Project Deliverables

  • 90 candidates will have earnings through self-employment or placement
  • SMART Committees are effectively taking up village development activities
  • RO plant is serving safe drinking water for the village
  • 100% Institutional deliveries (hospitals/PHCs)
  • At least 30 women accessed post-natal support in the village
  • Village will become 100% Open Defecation Free
  • Improved health and nutrition of all pregnant women and children through anganwadi centres
  • 100% enrolment of children in school
  • Environment protection systems are adopted by village
  • Social capital will be available for the village on health, sanitation and education
  • Improved quality delivery of services by school, health centre and anganwadi centres
  • Village adopted hygiene practices
  • Extension of roads, drains, street lighting, water pipes for supply of domestic water

Major Activities and Achievements

  • Formation of Village Development Committee (VDC). The VDC is regularly meeting and discussing development activities in the village.
  • Regular convergence meeting with the line departments of the Mandal and District administration with Gram Panchayat & VDC on various development activities in the village.
  • To increase the consumption of purified RO water from the already existing RO water plant in the village, a transporting vehicle (TATA ACE) is arranged with a stainless-steel tank for supplying water door to door.
  • A resolution is taken by the VDC to make the village Open Defecation Free (ODF). The District administration has also promised to support the resolution and take quick action regarding the same.
  • Renovation, repair and paintings at the Anganwadi Centre in the village
  • An education volunteer was recruited for helping the government primary school
  • In consultation with the RWS department started the work of providing domestic water pipeline in each and every household of the village.
  • Auditing of the 47 SHGs and 2 VOs of the village to assess their performance to further strengthen them.
  • An orientation for Pregnant & Lactating women and Adolescent girls was organised on health, hygiene, nutrition and personality development.
  • Plan for executing various civil works are under planning process

Constraints and Challenges

In this village, the community has shown tremendous interest in participating in various development activities planned for the village. The challenge here is to maintain that interest and make them aware about the process and procedures to take the development activities progress on their own. To make our initiatives sustainable we need to maintain a very strong VDC working for the community.

SHG member with water can

Way Forward

The project received a very welcoming response from the community and district administration. The entry point activities have taken off well. With the support of the community and the District administration, our focus will be to provide domestic water pipeline to each and every household and make the village Open Defecation Free (ODF) in the 1st quarter of the financial year.

We are focusing to bring behavioural change in the village and to adopt healthy and hygienic practices. Our objective in the coming months of the project will be on improving the development indicators of the villages mainly health and education.


New vehicle for delivering water door to door

Celebration of Ambedkar Jayanthi

Convergence meeting- Mandal and District line departments and Grama sabha with the villagers

Anganwadi before repair and painting work

Anganwadi after repair and painting work

Anganwadi repair and renovation work at SC colony, main village

Wall writings at government school, SC colony, main village