Green Kanha Update'sGLIMPSES FROM KANHA SHANTI VANAM
September - October 2017
Construction of buildings and infrastructure and tree planting have been going on at a fast pace and with great enthusiasm during September and October. The greenery at Kanha is flourishing after a long and abundant monsoon season, and tree planting reached a peak during the European seminar in October, with hundreds of volunteers planting and weeding in the early mornings and evenings every day.
Green Kanha is an ongoing initiative, and all are invited to participate and contribute to this wonderful initiative of sustainability for the future. There is also an ongoing need for volunteers to work in all areas of development. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and to plan a trip to Kanha, please contact Kanha.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear sisters and brothers,
‘Haritha Haram’, meaning the Green Garland, is a flagship programme of the Telangana State Government, India, with the vision to increase the present 24% tree cover in the state to 33% of the total geographic area. It was formally launched by the Chief Minister, Honourable Shri Chandrashekar Rao on 3 July 2015.
In recognition of exemplary contribution to this ambitious greening movement outside the notified forest areas of the state, Shri Ram Chandra Mission, Kanha Shantivanam, Ranga Reddy District, was awarded the prestigious ‘Haritha Mitra’ (Green Friend) award for the year 2016.
The in-house nursery is spread across a 5 acre area in the Southeast section of the Northern half. It has over 20,000 sqft of green net shaded area. The Nursery has been able to house as many as 2 lakh saplings at one point. As of Jan 2017 there are over 125,000 saplings/plants for in-house use.
- Herbal gardens
- Avenue & Peripheral Plantation
The ashram peripheral road on the eastern and southern side is designed to have grown up trees acquired through translocation from various places within Kanha and from other places where these trees would have otherwise been cut for wood. These trees aging an average of 10 to 15 years would grow back into their full size within 3 to 4 years from the time of translocation. Around 20 Banyan trees of an average age of 30 years have also been brought in and have been planted in various identified green spaces of the residential colony.
- Collaboration with Forest Department:
Waste Water Treatment
Significant amount of water gets used for toilets and cooking at Kanha. Located in the second worst drought hit district of India, a waste-water treatment plant had been set up early enough at Kanha.
A natural, environmental friendly and zero power consumption system known as Constructed Wetlands methodology has been adopted for treating both gray and black water. Treatment happens through Phytoremediation, Bioremediation and Rhizoremediation.
Composting of Organic Waste
Food Waste should be stabilized before putting in landfill. Waste can be treated by eco-friendly methods using Microbial Culture. Waste may be treated by composting, anaerobic digestion so that it will not have adverse effects on human health & environment. Environmental impact of land filling, untreated solid waste will lead to the formation of leachate which will flow into underground water & contaminate the surrounding areas. The land fill site will then become unfit for plantation. If the solid waste is treated with effective microbes we can prevent the above mentioned ill effect to a large extent.
Garbage and food waste collected from kitchen and surroundings are separated with plastic and food waste. At Kanha Shanti Vanam all the food waste is dumped into a huge pit. Before dumping, the pit is filled with dried leaves and sprayed with Microbial Solution and then the food waste is dumped into the pit. The Solution is sprayed again and it is covered with mud. After doing this, the pit is left for about 45 to 50 days. The food waste automatically gets converted into organic compost which then becomes usable. This comes handy as manure to the plants and trees at Kanha.
Fly-Ash Bricks plant
A manufacturing plant has been set up, where fly ash bricks, paver blocks and precast wall panels are produced. This unit is one of the eco-friendly/green initiatives and the produce is intended for captive consumption.
The traditional clay bricks are manufactured in highly polluting brick kilns that emit highly toxic gases when burnt and thus are environmentally unsustainable. The Fly Ash Bricks on the contrary are manufactured with either the help of fully automatic machines or hand-operated machines. Both these processes are completely clean and cause minimal pollution if the fly ash loading and unloading is handled properly.
Indeed, fly ash bricks enable the recycling of by-products of thermal power plants. If not used to manufacture these bricks, fly ash has a very harmful impact on the environment. Fly ash bricks are made by mixing fly ash with other raw materials, such as gypsum, lime, sand and gravel. The resulting product is then pressurized to produce bricks that are extremely solid and suitable for all types of construction, including the heaviest. In a world where the impact of human activity is putting our environment under increasing threat and pressure, this type of innovation deserves being complimented and supported.
So far produced over 1.2 million bricks have been produced in around 12 months. Currently the daily production of bricks comes to around 5000 while the daily production capacity is of 12,000. The dormitories and other facilities are being built with these bricks.
The precast wall panels are 6’x1’ in size. So far around 7,700 panels and 2000 support columns have been produced. A wall 6 feet high and over 2 kilometers long has been built from these in-house produced wall panels.