Godrej & Boyce has been investing in integrated green working and living spaces for decades. Here’s a look at some biodiversity facts of our Vikhroli premises.
Birds, butterflies, bees and beetles are what make up Godrej’s Pirojshanagar Industrial Township, spread across 3000 acres in Vikhroli, Mumbai. Acquired in the1940s, today this Township is a shining example of harmonious co-existence of industry and environment.
Two plants of Godrej Interio are proud residents of this ISO14001:2004 certified habitat, hosting factories, corporate offices, colonies, schools and hospital which also hosts a mangrove ecosystem of 1228.72 hectares. 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:
Total area of Pirojshanagar = 1,698.929 ha
Total area of Natural Areas = 1,276.08 ha (Mangroves 1228.72 + untouched forest land 47.36)
Proportion of Natural Areas = 75.11%
Parks and other recreational areas = 9.45 ha
Tree canopy cover = 170 ha (in addition to natural Mangrove area)
Total water permeable area = 395 ha (84% of total Terrestrial area)