During the brief winter that we enjoy in Mumbai, people like to step out into nature, go for nature treks, walk the forest trails. During this season of the pleasant outdoors, Godrej too hosts nature lovers and groups of school children at its mangroves in Vikhroli East, a beautiful green suburb of the metropolis.
Part of Godrej’s 3000-acre Pirojshanagar Industrial Township, the mangrove ecosystem is sprawled across 1228.72 hectares. With birds, butterflies, bees and beetles, the Township acquired in the 1940s, is a shining example of harmonious co-existence of industry and environment.
Two plants of Godrej Interio are proud residents of this ISO 14001:2004 certified habitat, hosting factories, corporate offices, colonies, schools and hospital, and the mangrove ecosystem. Managed by Construction Division of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., the self sustainable Township is known for its environmentally responsible features such as ‘zero waste to landfill’ initiative (total waste management) and water positive campus (water harvesting, reuse and recycle).
Pirojshanagar’s ecosystems and habitats may be divided into three main categories: i) Natural wilderness, ii) Modified habitats affected by human activities, iii) Habitats developed for recreation and biodiversity conservation.
Technically, these habitats can be classified as creekside mangrove forest, natural wetlands, artificial ponds, grasslands, scrubby areas, hilly area, open spaces, playgrounds, roadside avenues, vertical gardens, terrace gardens, plantations and indoor potted plants. Each of these habitats supports biodiversity in varying degree.
Major habitats and their biodiversity of Pirojshanagar have been mapped and are as follows:
Efforts taken for sustenance of the conservation initiatives
For sustenance of the conservation initiatives, Godrej group invests a lot of resources for creating awareness amongst internal and external stakeholders.
For employees, a visit to the mangroves is part of the induction process. Across the year, events like Nature Trails, Photography competition, Exhibitions etc. are conducted to create awareness and elicit participation in conservation activities.
Nature Club is formed for Udayachal School children. 49 internal programs were carried out in FY 2016-17. Nature trails, mangrove visits and photography programs are also carried out for customers, vendors, partners, research and academic institutes, CBOs and NGOs, Government agencies. In FY 2016-17, 202 programs were carried out for external stakeholders. All these efforts go a long way in spreading the message of conservation and providing the residents of this concrete metropolis a first hand immersive experience with life in the mangroves.