Bangalore, Karnataka, India:
Embassy REIT, in partnership with The Anonymous Indian Charitable Trust (TAICT) and the Bettahalasuru Panchayat, today inaugurated EcoHub, an integrated solid waste management center in the presence of Shri Krishna Byre Gowda, Honorable MLA – Byatarayanapura in north Bangalore. The project was built under Embassy REIT’s flagship waste management initiative “EcoGram” and will benefit about 4000 homes in 10 municipalities.
The project will play an instrumental role in providing decentralized and sustainable solid waste management services to the Bettahalasuru Panchayat as well as major commercial establishments in North Bangalore. It has also created employment and livelihood opportunities through the management of waste streams.
Sri Krishna Byre Gowda, Honorable Member of Byatarayanapura, said, “Since 2016, Embassy and TAICT have been committed to creating a sustainable Gram Panchayat model in North Bangalore. Developing solutions to solve the waste problem is essential. This new integrated waste collection center will go a long way in promoting a more sustainable waste management system, benefiting 10 villages in the Bettahalasuru Panchayat. We hope this model can be replicated in Bangalore, making the city brighter, cleaner and more engaged.
Shaina Ganapathy, Community Outreach Manager, Embassy Group, said, “EcoGram has become a benchmark in developing a sustainable model that can serve as a model for companies looking to partner with the Gram Panchayat to create sustainable waste management solutions. Thanks to the sensitization efforts carried out by TAICT, the Panchayat has already achieved a level of segregation of around 85% for households and 92% for large generators. Our goal is to continue to build processes and infrastructure that catalyze communities and enable us to have broader impact.
Myriam Shankar, Chief Trustee, The Anonymous Indian Charitable Trust, said, “We are very grateful to Embassy REIT, our CSR partner who has supported us throughout this journey. Instead of dumping waste indiscriminately, we now process nearly 3 tonnes per day separated into 42 categories of dry waste and compost organic waste to give back to farmers rather than polluting our land indefinitely. With this facility, 90% of the waste generated can now be transformed into resources, whereas disposal previously represented a significant health risk. The EcoHub is also a place where people who work with waste can do so safely and with dignity, and Hasirudala Innovations was a natural partner for operations, as their mission is to make this happen.
To encourage responsible waste management practices in and around its business parks, Embassy REIT rolled out EcoGram in 2016, in partnership with TAICT. EcoGram Objectives create a model Gram Panchayat by building processes and infrastructure for sustainable decentralized waste management, improving soil quality and water conservation to strengthen the foundations for responsible growth by bringing community members together, local governments and government school children. Prior to the project and EcoGram’s initiatives, debris from approximately 2,500 waste generators (at the rate of 53 metric tons per month) was dumped and burned, causing air, water and soil pollution.
Embassy REIT is the first publicly traded real estate investment trust in India. Embassy REIT owns and operates a 42.8 sqm portfolio consisting of eight infrastructure-type office parks and four downtown office buildings in India’s top performing office markets: Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and the National Capital Region (“NCR”). The Embassy REIT portfolio includes 33.8 square meters of completed operating space and is home to more than 200 of the world’s largest companies. The portfolio also includes strategic facilities, including four operational business hotels, two hotels under construction and a 100 MW solar park providing renewable energy to tenants. For more information, visit www.embassyofficeparks.com