Showing the green way to Indore in public-private participation method, Indore’s prominent industry body -- Association of Industries Madhya Pradesh (AIMP) has embarked on a unique initiative at Polo Ground and Sanwer Road industrial areas.
Contrary to the usual demands like incentives, rebates and land, raised by the industry bodies, the AIMP has decided to think and act differently.
The industries are always branded as destroyers of green cover but the new chapter being written by the AIMP for 2014, talks about saving and nurturing the environment. Under this green initiative, the association would not depend solely on government agencies.
The AIMP members would spend money for their pockets for reviving and enhancing the green cover in the industrial areas in Indore.
Undertaking the first major drive after assuming office as elected office bearers of AIMP, association president Hemant Mehtani and others have decided to start proceedings by reviving the greenery in industrial areas of Indore.
“The green patch would help in improving the polluted environment, so we have decided to develop the 60,000 sq ft area designated as green belt, situated in ‘A’ sector of Sanwer Road industrial area,” Mehtani told dna.
The association already has requested AKVN, Indore for constructing boundary wall around this green belt.
The AIMP won’t stop here. The task of maintaining and protecting the green patch would be taken care by the association through its members.
“We would hire labourers and funds of member industries for reviving the barren green belt and the industries would come together for the maintenance works later on,” Mehtani said, adding that the association plans to develop a walking track in the green belt apart from plantation, to be undertaken for both Polo ground and Sanwer road areas. The members have been urged for planting saplings outside their campuses after seeking permission from authorities, so that green cover could be increased and encroachments could be prevented.
Martyrs’ Memory Garden to come up in Polo Ground: Joining hands with AIMP, the Industrial Foundation Trust is planning to revive 42,000 sq ft area earmarked as green belt in Polo Ground area main road. Trust treasurer Vinay Kalani told dna that the trust plans to get the land converted into a green patch through a martyr memorial.
Discussions are also on with Army and Indore police so that armed guards could be deployed at the garden.
A walking track would also be made in this garden so that industrial workers and public could use the facility, Kalani said.
Industries extend helping hand
IPCA Laboratories having establishments in Polo Ground is known for its green initiatives and has already started walking the talk. “We have spent around Rs 1.5 lakh in saplings planted in the mid section of the newly constructed 600m road, opposite to the AIMP office,” IPCA vice president Alok Dave said. The company plans to spend Rs 9 lakh on green initiatives in the area. “We had spent Rs 3 lakh on the development of the garden in our own campus situated on the same road,” he said. “We also plan to establish green cover on pavements of the road, once we get the nod,” Dave revealed. Another industrial unit Kohinoor Elastic Pvt Ltd is all set to be the part of this green drive. “We are quite keen to maintain the vegetation present on the AIMP road dividers,” said company proprietor Rajendra Matlani. He added that the company would finalise the formalities soon.
DIC to match steps with AIMP
The District Industry Centre (DIC) Indore is also about to join the green drive. “We have discussed the AIMP proposal of developing smaller green patches presently in shambles in Polo Ground and Sanwer Road area,” said the GM GK Tiwari. He added that these green patches would be identified so that they could be revived in coordination with local industries. “AIMP’s initiative is a laudable one and we would extend out cooperation,” Tiwari said.