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advanced locality management (ALM) trust - 2002
The Orchid launches ALM trust, felicitates environmentalists on World Environment Day The Orchid Asia's First Ecotel observed World Environment Day by organising a series of events which included a felicitation of environmentalists, launching The Orchid Advance Locality Management (ALM) trust and conducting an energy efficiency seminar.

The CMD of Kamat Hotels (India) Ltd, Vithal Kamat and Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, C Ranganathan launched The Orchid Advance Locality Management (ALM) trust. The trust is going to act as a platform for all the ALMs of the city and is going to guide them to pursue various environment friendly programmes. Besides that five ALMs registered with the trust would be awarded.

The trust, which would be actively supported by the government, would help in inculcating environment consciousness among the citizens of the city. The trust would also provide support in terms of educating the ALMs. Apart from the launching of trust, a 12-year old student, Shradha Teli and four others were felicitated for their contribution towards the cause of environment.

The other four are Ajit Kumar Jain (Officer on Special Duty) for Solid Waste Management, Shrikrishna Shripad Bhagwat (Officer on Special Duty) for Advance Locality Management (ALM), Mrudula Saptrishi, a technical director with Vermigold Ecotech Pvt Ltd and Times Foundation. Shradha Teli has been selected for a project- " Dyeing with eco-friendly natural dyes", which she did for the state level science exhibitionheld at Wardha. A student of JB Vacha school, Mumbai, Shradha bagged 2nd position among 270 schools, which participated in the exhibition. The Times foundation has been choosen for the various environment related issues, it has taken up from time to time, since its formation.

The two OSDs with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Ajit Kumar Jain and Shrikrishna Shripad Bhagwat have been spearheading the ambitious project of making Mumbai garbage free. The project launched by their combined efforts has been successfully turning more than 30 tonnes of garbage into manure. Whereas,Mrudula Saptrishi, successfully executed India's first vermicomposing project to process five tones of market vegetable waste per day, which now produces more than 500 tones of 100 per cent natural organic manure at Dadar, besides Executing vermiculture project for The Orchid.

Besides that an energy efficiency seminar was also conducted for the hotel industry in the morning. The technical director of Kamat Hotels, P Kannampilly spoke about the various measures adopted by The Orchid, which has resulted in saving precious energy.

Commenting on the initiative the CMD of Kamat Hotels, Vithal Kamat said, "this is yet another programme launched by us to make our contribution towards the environment". "Recognising people's effort is going to instill a confidence not only in them, but would also motivate others to do well too", he added.

what is ALM ?
Advance Locality Management
Advance Locality Management (ALM) as the name suggests is a concept to manage the locality and its sorroundings. Undertaking projects to beautify the city is doing the same. As a first step towards it, the garbage and filth of the area is segregated and removed with the active participation of local authorities and citizens. Subsequently various projects such as building a vermiculture plant, tree plantation drive and other beautification projects are undertaken. Apart from reducing the pressure on BMC to pick the garbage, it also adds up as a means of earning for the said ALM.

The concept of Advance Locality Management (ALM) is existing in the city for quite sometime. Infact, it was in the year 1997 that it was first implemented at Joshi Lane, Ghatkopar. The idea behind ALM is to promote a partnership between the citizens and the municipal corporation. As on today there are over 500 ALMs in the city. Though the ALMs have been working for sometime, there is no coordination between the various ALMs. With the The Orchid ALM trust coming into being, a new dimension would be given to the whole concept of locality management.

With the government endorsing the trust and the OSD of ALM, Shrikrishna Shripad Bhagwat actively participating in it, the trust is going to act as a platform for the BMC, police and citizens. Apart from this various seminars and other projects would be conducted by the trust to educate the citizens.. Moreover a team led by the environment officer of The Orchid would conduct surprise checks on the ALMs and would award prizes for various projects undertaken by them.
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