International Day for Bio-Diversity
“Native Plants Conservation Landscaping” refers to landscaping by native plants with specific goals of reducing pollution and improving the surrounding environment. Native plants along with their surrounding habitats are tremendous resources. GPU Usar with its available land and other resources intends to conserve these treasures for our coming future generations. This Project falls in line with “National Mission for Preservation of Ecological
Balance and Maintenance of Biodiversity”. One of the hot spots of Biodiversity i.e. Western Ghats runs along the Konkan Region. Konkan, is a charming stretch of land on the west coast of India, endowed with beautiful seashore, picturesque mountains and scenic natural beauty, and is known for tropical fruits like the delicious golden Alphanso mango, cashew, jackfruit, spice crops, coconut, areca nut and kokum. Over recent years, anthropogenic threats
like population expansion, deforestation and forest fragmentation, mining, dam construction and inefficient landuse practices are shrinking and isolating ecosystems. These factors pose a serious threat to the native plant species of the Ecologically Important Western Ghats. To meet the increasing demand of market the exotic species was became famous in the region. Such exotic varieties do not fit into the local situation. The dynamics of the environment have been distorted leading to the depletion of the water table, reduced soil fertility, migration of native birds and wild animals. The problems are compounded by Global Warming, which is being experienced across the world. Every government is under pressure to act and control the global environmental crisis. However we believe it is not just for the government, but also for each and every responsible individual to act save our mother earth. One of the most important measures we can take is to bring back the green cover. But green cover using exotic species is not the only solution; the green cover can be made up of local species as well. As a humble action to save the planet in its own limited capacity the LPG Recovery Plant, GAIL USAR has thought of a project called “Dharohar – Prepare, Care and Share”. Under the project, part of green belt area of GAIL USAR would be set aside to: fewer breakdowns in operations. The efficient sewage treatment process ensures an odourless and clean environment as well as improved quality of treated water which adds to the hygiene level. The most important challenge while execution of the project was to install the MBR without stopping the running process. The benefit to have a MBR based STP was that the entire effluent was useable and there was zero wastage of sewage water. The total cost of this project was INR 4.43 crores.