The MD and CEO of Siemens India expands on how the company's Project Asha is addressing the severe development deficit in rural India. Mokhada Block, Palghar district, Maharashtra, a complete tribal belt is around 130 kilometers north of India's financial capital Mumbai. The nearest town is Wada, 27 kilometers away. The village lacked basic amenities that city-dwellers take for granted. Every year, during monsoon, most of the villages in Mokhada would be cut off from the rest of the world by the raging waters of an overflowing river. The rest of the year would then see dry spells and the villagers walked for miles for water. There was little water stored for year-round irrigation and the communities survived on one crop harvest a year. Fatality rates due to water-borne diseases and malnutrition were high, literacy was low, and seasonal migration to cities was rampant. The nearest health centers were 15-20 kilometers away. For every 10 villagers there was one death in a year - either during birth, alcoholism, dysentery, diarrhea or other medical conditions. Migration was at peak due to lack of livelihood. There were villages who had not seen electricity at all and the few who has, have rarely benefitted due to regular power cut offs.