Anirudh Chaoji on field : Making a difference



Reducing impacts of Tourism - Taking benefit of Tourism to  the Community.

Anirudh works extensively in the field of Eco Tourism, in an effort to reduce the tourism pressures on the ecosystem. Simultaneously, he is making efforts to make the local community the stake holders in tourism. He has also been training local youth to become excellent naturalists. As a governing body member of the Eco Tourism Society of India, he is able to garner support for these ideas nationally.

Eco-restoration of limestone quarries for Ambuja Cement Ltd.  at Kodinar, Gujarat

Development needs cement and cement production needs limestone. Limestone extraction creates large sterile quarries where nothing grows. Instead of taking up typical plantations only to satisfy the legal requirements, Anirudh went further and created sustainable habitats and living waterbodies. Many of the excavated areas are being prepared for “return to nature” and are actually being used by the local community for agriculture and horticulture. Large tracts of wasteland are also being converted into grasslands for cattle grazing and fodder harvesting.

A number of migratory and resident birds have accepted these waterbodies, as if approving of the restoration efforts. A large number of birds have also started using the colony area for roosting and breeding.

Healthcare without harm– Bio-medical Waste Management for the city of Pune, Maharashtra

Hospitals and medical institutions in Pune, like their counterparts throughout the country used primitive municipal waste management practice to take care of their bio-medical waste. This was a case of grave concern, as it was spreading infection in the community.

By involving the local administration – Pune Municipal Corporation, IMA and the medical community, Anirudh worked out – what is today the most successful bio-medical waste management program in India. This comprises of a citywide management of sharps, collection and disposal of infectious and hazardous waste and recycling of material to prevent unscrupulous reuse. This exercise is successful running with active participation of the medical community. 

Youth Development and Conservation

 The Volunteer Training Programme of Pugmarks is today helping youngsters to become icons and leaders in the society. It has given them self confidence to speak in public and also builds a sense of responsibility in them. Parents see their “kids” growing up as good citizen.

 Students and Conservation: Be it the conservation of water, saving of electricity, finding alternatives to plastic carry bags, rainwater harvesting or even converting garbage into manure, the students of PES Modern English School in Pune are at the forefront of implementing conservation of resources. These children and students of 45 more schools have been imparting environmental “sanskars” on their parents and community. Students also participate in PUGMARKS NATURE CAMPS, taking them in the pristine ecosystems around the country.

 Making of a ecologically sustainable holiday resort for Splendour Country, Mandvi, Maharashtra

Resorts, large clubs and related development projects rely extensively on land modifications. Impacts of these changes can be particularly devastating, especially if the property is situated on a hill slope of a catchment area of a reservoir. Instead, Anirudh was able to use it to his benefit. As a part of landscape restoration, he has been able to take up erosion control and hill slope protection measures with appropriate plantations, thereby making Splendour Country Resort almost like a Jungle Resort. Creation of waterbodies and plantations of bird attracting trees has made Splendour Country teeming with life.

His efforts of taking new plantations have been complimented by undertaking highly successful natural regeneration. Together, these have made our efforts at greening even more successful,

Making drought prone areas self sufficient: Watershed Management on Community lands at Village Donje and Bhukum, Maharashtra

After every rains, most of the rainwater runs off, taking away with it, large amounts of rich top soil. And within a few months, many of these areas are starved for water. Watershed management has meant recharging the groundwater aquifers and also preventing soil erosion.

He has taken up successful watershed management practices in large watershed areas of two villages of Pune district. Agriculture has been the main beneficiary.


Together, we can make the world a better place to live in.