past projects

Palmyra Since 1990...

An overview of the our past project and the different fields we worked in since 1990

The Palmyra Women Development Trust (PWDT)

Palmyra acts as a responsible organization by promoting the SHG’s for promoting the habit of thrift in its members , making them self reliant for the financial needs thereby  relieving them from the clutches of money lenders and their usurious rates of interest. It has envisaged the following:

  • To facilitate the self-employment projects for unemployed / under employed rural women, thereby making them self–reliant.
  • To promote family / group based enterprises
  • To facilitate backward and forward linkages to them.
  • Networking the strong and cohesive SHG’s  by building self-confidence, financial discipline, proper accounting thereby enabling them to handle larger business and agricultural ventures.
  • Practicing financial discipline and shouldering higher responsibilities through training and exposure .
  • Train them through EDP’s and enabling them to set up income generating enterprises by facilitating marketing tie-ups as well as forward and backward linkages.
  • Increase the asset base of women in the community and secure  their income through access to inexpensive and timely credit.
  • Create an awareness and improving their social security specifically in the field of health and family welfare.
  • Increasing their business acumen through spot training.
  • Educating them in the field of Health, General and Life insurance, and arranging of such welfare schemes.
  • Building leadership among the members for the social cause.
  • Creating awareness on legal rights and legal aid access through networking and training.
  • Exploring the possibilities for formation of new SHGs in the new areas.
  • Apart from women SHG’s  men SHG’s could also be formed. They could then be linked to the main stream along with women groups.

Institutional strengthening is most important in order to address the above issues and to implement the same. The access to the inexpensive and timely credit for the economic activities as micro- finance is necessary in addition to availing services from banks etc. Providing technical skill / capacity building is also an essential component in the institutional building. 


 Though they can handle their activities on their own,  expertise is needed in every field like financial management, entrepreneur development and technical and other governmental support for their further progress.  Palmyra  as a NGO,  supported and nurtured the groups so far and helped them in the formation of a federation.  By the enthusiasm and the zeal shown by the group it is felt that a larger level institution is required.


Hence, Palmyra as their mentor, envisaged the formation of a Mutual Trust by inducting persons from  various fields to help and guide the members, as Honorary trustees apart from the elected trustees, and the Director of Palmyra as the Managing Trustee. 


The role of the Honorary Trustees will be to utilize their expertise in their respective fields such as technical-oriented , business, auditing, legal matters, banking, community development services etc. Their role will mainly be of advisory nature while they are  also co-opted to the board.

> Renovation of Percolation pond in Omiper village – After implementation.

> Formation of Farm pond in Alagiyapakkam village – after implementation

> Bio-Gas plant

Integrated Wasteland Development Programme (IWDP)

The Project “Integrated Wasteland Development Programme (IWDP)” has been sanctioned on 28th of March 2002 and the District Watershed Development Committee was formed under the Chairmanship of the District Collector with Officials from all the line departments, which is to monitor and to extend proper guidance to the project.  This project mainly aims for various treatments of Soil and Water conservation measures, natural resource development, improved agricultural methods and promoting Socio economic condition of the village communities in Watershed basis.


Villupuram District is the largest and one of the most backward District in Tamil Nadu.  The average rainfall is around 900 mm per annum.  As a result of scanty rainfall and subsequent biotic pressure on the land due to various factors like faulty land use practice, over exploitation of natural resources, higher rate of population growth etc., the productive lands, especially farm lands, are in the constant process of various degrees of degradation and are fast turning into wastelands.


Hence, it has been imperative to restore this ecological balance and put the wastelands of this district to sustainable use and also increase the biomass availability.  Since community derives sustenance from the environment it is necessary for the people to realize this intrinsic relationship.  A paradigm shift in the traditional approach from that of governance to facilitation is evolving in the implementation of the government programmes.  With the reflection of these guidelines and to achieve these goals, the Integrated Wasteland Development Programme(IWDP) is being implemented by PALMYRA, an NGO in Vanur and Marakanam Blocks of Villupuram District in Tamil Nadu.


Palmyra, Centre for Ecological Landuse and Rural Development was founded in 1990 with the primary objective of restoring the land by using integrated and sustainable methods of watershed development. It has designed a Tank Rehabilitation project and with the assistance of the Indo Canadian Environment Facility (ICEF) to assist the villagers to come together and evolve a common strategy to solve basic problems of Tank Rehabilitation and sustained land use.  It has been made responsible for the implementation of the Integrated Wasteland Development Programme under the guidance and monitoring of the District Collector and Chairman and the Project Office, DRDA, Villupuram District.

Palmyra Cricket Ground

We are supporting a number of sports especially cricket in the surrounding areas. We have a cricket ground which was established in 1997 with support from DIK/OIK (German & Austrian Children’s Fund) with the aim to provide a competitive infrastructure for advanced sports development for young people at a local, state and national level.

In 1997 the ground was a bare patch of land and just a fraction of its present size, surrounded by ravines and thorny bushes. It was only through considerable efforts on many levels by all concerned that the Palmyra Cricket Ground (PCG) has reached the international standard which it represents today.

The heart of the ground are four adjacent turf pitches which are of high standard and which are being prepared for matches according to specific needs and the respective competitions.

Mr.Parthasarathy, Chief Curator, Chepauk Cricket Ground at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai has visited the ground more than once and he and his colleagues have provided valuable advice in preparation and maintenance of the pitches. The maintenance crew of the PCG visits Chepauk regularly and participates with the ground staff in preparing their ground/pitches for international one dayers and test matches.

The Palmyra Cricket Club was first registered in 1997 with the Villupuram Cricket Association and topped the II Division in its first year. In the second year Palmyra was runner up and at 28-3-1999 scored a total of 540 runs in 48 overs against the Golden Jubilee Cricket Club from Villupuram in a official Villupuram Cricket Association League Match.

In 2000 the Palmyra Cricket Club joined the Pondicherry Cricket Association (affiliated to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association) because of its close proximity to Pondicherry and also because of the close association of other Auroville sports clubs with Pondicherry. Palmyra Cricket Club joined first in the III Division then played in the II and is now amongst the three leading teams of the Pondicherry I Division.

> Palmyra Cricket Ground in 1997

> I-Zingari CC from England visited Palmyra CG and played against Pondicherry veterans

> Karayamputtur Distribution Channel – before desilting

> Karayamputtur Distribution Channel – after desilting


The project area lies in Puducherry Region, one of the four enclaves, which constitute the Union Territory of Puducherry (UP), a former French colony.  Puducherry is situated on the Coromandal coast, 162 km south of Chennai. Tank Rehabilitation project is a bilateral agreement between Government of Indian and European Commission and it started in September 1998.  The project is implemented through Public Works Department, Puducherry with the assistance of Agricultural Department and several NGOs.  The total fund allocated for this project is Rs.34.73 crores including Rs.28.13 (81%) crores from European Commission, Rs.4.40 (13%) crores from Government of Puducherry and Rs.2.20 crores (6%) from community stakeholders.  The 84 tanks with its command area of 6,500 ha. have been taken up for rehabilitation work in the region of Puducherry through participatory approach. Objective
  1. Stabilising the existing ayacut.
  2. Restoration of Agriculture income from irrigated crop production
  3. Diminish reliance on ground water resources.
  4. Halt salt water intrusion into sweet water aquifiers.
Palmyra’s role in the project consists mainly involving and organizing the participating communities and Tank Associations and to train them to develop their own natural resource based management as well as encourage the beneficiaries through extensive capacity building exercises to sustain themselves on a long term basis.