Tata Motors piloted Urban Forestry project in Warje near Pune turns to be a rich biodiversity.
A few years ago in collaboration with Technology, Education, Research and Rehabilitation for the Environment (TERRE) Policy Centre, Tata Motors commenced this project.
In a span of three years, a project that started on a 40-acre barren land witnessed immense success and scaled up to 100-acres, transformed into a lush greenspace, becoming a micro-habitat and a recreational attraction to the local communities.
Since 2015, more than 2000 Tata Motors volunteers have planted over 50,000 indigenous saplings (with 98% survival rate) at Warje. With 40% canopy cover, Wajre Urban Forestry is hosting 10 species of animals and reptile, 50 avian species, 200 species of insects and 15 species of vegetation.
The increased green cover has provided the city with pollution free air with the overall oxygen production going up to 7 lakh kgs and sequestration of 3 lakh kgs of carbon annually. In addition, the project also focused on reducing soil erosion by 130%.
This project today stands as the grand success among Tata Motors’ CSR activities. Expressing joy, Vinod Kulkarni, CSR – Head, Tata Motors said, “For the past several years, we at Tata Motors has been contributing to the green cover, as a part of our consistent tree plantation drive, which started on June 5, 2009, World Environment Day. “
With the Urban Forestry project, he said the local communities were made its custodian and they were offered an honorarium to ensure the upkeep of the forest, thereby creating a more aware group of citizens towards environmental protection and have demonstrated a high degree of ownership.”
Warje now hosts around 1200 visitors everyday who enjoy a morning or evening walk in the lap of nature. Tata Motors volunteers regularly visit the site to help nurture and develop it.