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    ALM Contest 2006
The Executive Chairman & Managing Director, The Orchid - Vithal Kamat, film personality, Dia Mirza and Suresh Gokhlaney MD, Eureka Forbes gave away prizes to the winners of The Orchid Advance Locality Management (ALM) Competition, 06 at a felicitation function organized at The Orchid. The competition was jointly organised by the Asia's first ecotel, The Orchid and Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment (EFIE).

The competition involved ALM's across the city, which were put through three stages of selection process - primary, secondary and tertiary. The Orchid's green team did the primary and secondary selection of checking the entries. The tertiary functions of auditing the places and selecting the final winners was done by an external jury consisting of eminent personalities like Dr Kashyap (EFIE), Mr Bhagwat (Orchid ALM Trustee), Mr Patil & Mrs Seema Redkar (ALM Officers - MCGM) Green Team members (Orchid) Mr. A D Zirmute Dy. H S Zone 5, Mr. A P Abhyankar A H S N Ward (MCGM Officers).

zone 1
- L D Ruperal Marg & Sophia College (Joint Winners) (ALM)
Residents Welfare Association (RWA), OVAL TRUST A ward

zone 2

Dilip Gupte

zone 3

N Dutta Marg K/W (ALM)
Residents Welfare Association, Vakola Citizens Forum K/E

zone 4

Viceroy Park R/S (ALM)

zone 5

- Diamond Garden M/W (ALM)
Residents Welfare Associaation- SOARES ROAD
Emerging Alm-Ghatla Road
Special Mention-Pestom Sagar Residents Association

zone 6

Naval Civilian Housing Colony (ALM)
Fatima Church (special mention)

Besides the ALMs and RWAs, individuals with outstanding contribution to the cause of environment were felicitated. Those who were felicitated include Dighavkar Pratap Ramchandra, Dy.Commissioner of Police, Zone II, Mumbai, Hira Punjabi, Sister Menona Sodder Rscj, Bhau Katdare and Ram Mone. The Orchid ALM trust website was also launched at the event.

Congratulating the winners Mr Vithal Kamat, Executive Chairman & Managing Director said, "ALM's have been instrumental in aiding and abeting the BMC in maintaining sanitation in the city. The Orchid will provide all necessary support and guidance to these ALM's and we hope that this competition will infuse a fresh spirit in the participating ALMs to keep up their good work".
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nirmalya composting
Over 100 tonnes of nirmalya (decomposable offerings such as flowers and sweets)was collected from ganpati mandals from the suburbs of Malad to Borivli. The Orchid decided to help the city deal with the tonnnes of garbage generated during this festive season.Nirmalaya along with other garbage is directly dumped into waterbodies at the time of immersion. Untreated garbage is a big hazard for marine ecology, poisoning many lifeforms including fish on which we feed. The Orchid in conjunction with the BMC decided to turn this waste into wealth by converting it into vermicompost. The waste has been collected at the Gorai dumping grounds and the process of turning this into vermicompost has begun.Ashok Mam and Milind Chavan have successfully initiated the project on behalf of The Orchid
 
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