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One-month long Industrial Environment Improvement Drive in GIDC Industrial Estate, Vapi, Gujarat

5 June - 4 July 2016, Vapi, Gujarat

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, a month long environment improvement drive was launched in GIDC Industrial Estate Vapi on 5th June with inaugural event called “Streets for All”. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Kanubhai Desai, MLA, Pardi, alongwith Ms. Remya Mohan Muthadath, IAS, Collector Valsad and Mr. Gaurang H. Makwana, District Development Officer, Valsad.

The drive is organised by the Vapi Industries Association together with the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, the Notified Area Authority, the Vapi Green Enviro Ltd. and the Lions Club of Vapi. This drive is supported by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH) and NGOs working in Vapi.

In the “Streets for All” event, people of all age groups participated enthusiastically and came together to highlight the importance and awareness towards environment.

Main highlights:

  • Various sports activities were taken up along the street, including hula hoop, snake-ladder, various road shows for awareness, health check-up, yoga, aerobics, Bollywood-Zumba, Gully cricket, basketball, slow cycling, karate, free plant sapling distribution and road painting.

  • Around 450 people signed the pledge for environment awareness campaign and taking efforts towards protecting environment.

  • As per local media reports, more than 6,000 people participated in this event.

  • 7,000 trees were planted on 5th June in single day. These organisations has taken responsibility to plant 50,000 trees during this one month long drive. Simultaneously, various groups of industries like Micro ink, UPL, Aarti Group and other industrialist  initiated to plant trees in their factory area through Japanese Technique (Initiated by Shubhendu Sharma followed by R.K. Nair named as Forest Creators). The main advantage of this technique is efficient space management by planting more trees in small area, fast growth, and maximum rate of oxygen which leads to efficient micro- climate. 

Various activities will be carried out throughout the month such as awareness drives, cleanliness drive and plantation drive, besides developing a model Street for industrial estate, free sapling distribution etc. The drive was appreciated by the participants as one of its kind and first time ever in Vapi for generating mass awareness and participation.