When we speak of the ecology, we are speaking of our environment. In cities like Pune and Mumbai, the first thing that comes to mind is traffic pollution. A lot has been said about this, and Pune is certainly a significant contributor to environmental pollution.
The problem is much lower in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, thanks to its green cover, carefully controlled real estate development norms and wider roads. However, we can rely only so much on regulated real estate – if we want a sustainable tomorrow, each of us must begin to think ‘Green’ on an individual level.
Yes, each of us can make a real difference in keeping our environment clean for our children, and our children’s children. It requires awareness and discipline in our personal lifestyles, and these are values we can pass down to the generations to come.
Many Pune property developers, particularly in the more sustainable PCMC region, are introducing various new ways of preserving our ecology. This is their contribution to the day when we can hopefully, a few decades from today, strike Pune off the list of the most polluted cities in Asia.
How Sustainable Are You?
With growing awareness comes responsibility. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has already undertaken many eco-friendly initiatives to provide cleaner, greener homes to its citizens.
Many developers have begun to take sustainable real estate development seriously and begun launching Green Homes on Pune’s outskirts. Now comes the question – how ready are you to bulwark these efforts on a personal level?
Solid Waste Management: Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags
The Government’s drive to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags was a step in the right direction. The premise was that plastic (polythene) bags do not break up into harmless elements with the passage of time, and that they are extremely harmful to our environment. It had been noted that cattle eat the bags they find in municipal garbage disposal sites and often die as a result. Burning them was not a solution – the fumes do more damage to the health of citizens.
The answer to the problem lay in banning regular polythene bags and introducing ones of lesser thickness. Sadly, pressure from the commercial sector did not allow this ruling to come through. That, however, does not mean that it was not valid.
What You Can Do: Avoid and discourage the use of plastic bags. For shopping, carry your own bag with you, and insist on brown paper bags for individual items.
Alternative Energy Sources: Solar Energy
As developers of modern township properties in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation know, solar energy is the answer to may pollution-related problems. Though solar water heating equipment is expensive and does not yield the speedy results that electrical or diesel-driven units do, it harvests a free source of energy without giving rise to pollution.
What You Can Do: Use solar water heating facilities where they are available. Consider investing in a small solar heating unit if you are an individual homeowner who is not lucky enough to live in a sustainable Pune township. Installing a solar heating unit for your home will give you access to a limitless, cost-effective and environmentally friendly source of energy.
Cleaner Automobiles: LPG Fuel
Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) is a cheap and almost non-polluting alternative to conventional, petroleum-driven automobile engines. With the introduction of LPG drives for autorickshaws and private cars, a significant step has been taken in saving our environment. Petrol-to-LPG conversion kits are getting cheaper and more readily available.
What You Can Do: If you own a personal automobile, consider installing a LPG drive. If you own a business that employs a lot of inner city transport, using LPG instead of fossil fuels will make a significant difference. Also, encourage others to do the same.
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Plant More Trees
Trees and plants are more than just decorative – they are Nature’s first line of defense against pollution. They absorb carbon dioxide and convert it to oxygen. The more trees an area has, the cleaner the air will be, as is evidenced in the PCMC and some of the less over-developed areas with residential properties in Pune.
Your Contribution: Simple – plant trees. Make every birthday, anniversary or festival an occasion for planting another one. It will beautify your surroundings and be a lasting heritage for our future generations.