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The technology used for this pioneering approach will reduce the typical forest development timeline from five to two years, showcasing a commitment to impactful environmental change.

Leading clean energy provider CEF Group is making strides in redefining urban green spaces with the launch of a groundbreaking project – the City Forest in Ghaziabad — under its initiative called Urban Farmer. This transformative endeavour, in collaboration with the Ghaziabad Development Authority and supported by IOCL, signifies a monumental step towards environmental sustainability in urban settings. The City Forest project aims to establish a lush 2-acre green space within two years, utilising the innovative Miyawaki technology.

The technology used for this pioneering approach will reduce the typical forest development timeline from five to two years, showcasing a commitment to impactful environmental change. Key highlights of the project include the strategic land allocation of a 2-acre parcel by the Ghaziabad Development Authority, ensuring optimal impact and accessibility for the community. Besides, generous support from IOCL exemplifies a shared vision for a greener, more sustainable urban environment.

Maninder Singh, Founder & CEO of CEF Group, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “The City Forest project embodies our collective commitment to sustainable practices and environmental well-being. Through Urban Farmer, we’re not just creating gardens; we’re building boutique forests that enrich urban landscapes and foster a deeper connection with nature.”

Urban Farmer’s commitment to biodiversity is underscored by the plantation of 25,000 saplings using the Miyawaki technique, fostering a resilient ecosystem with a diverse range of native species. In addition, a dedicated two-year maintenance plan ensures the sustained health and vitality of the City Forest, further solidifying Urban Farmer’s commitment to long-term environmental stewardship.

The City Forest is poised to significantly improve air quality, acting as a natural filter and reducing pollutants. It also helps to regulate temperatures, reducing the urban heat island effect in polluted areas. Moreover, it serves as a communal space for residents, promoting outdoor activities and enhancing overall quality of life.

Under Maninder Singh’s leadership, Urban Farmer brings a wealth of experience and passion for creating green spaces that transcend traditional boundaries. The City Forest project by Urban Farmer stands as a beacon of sustainable urban development, showcasing the transformative power of environmental consciousness and innovative technology.

The technology used for this pioneering approach

In a year, the plant will generate 24,000 tonnes of organic manure and allied products out of 70,000 tonnes of lake waste.

Leading clean energy provider CEF Group unveiled a first-of-its-kind waste processing plant in Srinagar that will remove waste from Dal Lake. This project is part of a collaboration between the JK Lake & Waterways Authority and NAFED, with CEF Group as the technical and financial partner of the latter. PM Modi e-inaugurated this project along with others, collectively worth 30,500 crore for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The newly inaugurated plant will be converting 70,000 tonnes of lake waste, particularly weeds and lilies into 24,000 tonnes of organic manure and allied products annually. Recognizing the issue of water lilies and weeds overgrowth in Dal Lake, which obstructs boat paths and consequently impacts tourism and local livelihoods, the partners devised this solution. Besides, this waste accumulation leads to various forms of pollution, including overgrowth and blockage, habitat disruption, and water quality deterioration.

This solution entails scientifically processing weeds and lilies into organic manure over one year, to explore its viability for full-time implementation of converting it into Bio-CNG thereafter for 25 years. CEF Group conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study and secured the necessary pollution clearance from the Pollution Control Board.

The organic manure produced through this plant will be compliant with FCO norms, ensuring its quality and safety. The manure will be offered at competitive prices, making it accessible to a wide range of customers. In addition, the high-quality organic fertilizer will enhance soil health and promote healthy plant growth. Besides, local sourcing and production will generate employment opportunities within the community.

The use of advanced technologies in the waste processing plant ensures efficient waste processing and nutrient retention in the final product. As the plant uses renewable resources and eco-friendly methods, it supports sustainable agriculture practices, minimizes environmental impact, and promotes biodiversity. Moreover, the organic manure is suitable for a wide range of plants, including fruits, vegetables, flowers, ornamentals, and various horticulture varieties.

Bashir Bhatt (IRS), Vice Chairman of J&K Lake Conservation and Management Authority (LCMA), said, “Today is a monumental day for Jammu and Kashmir. We’re turning local waste into high-quality organic fertilizer, promoting sustainability, creating jobs, and enhancing the beauty of Dal Lake. It’s a significant step toward a greener and more prosperous J&K.”

Maninder Singh, Founder & CEO of CEF Group, said, “Today marks a significant milestone as we inaugurate Dal Lake Waste Processing Plant, a step towards a more sustainable Jammu and Kashmir. This project is not just about waste-to-energy/manure; it’s about transforming landscapes, promoting biodiversity, and contributing to the beauty of our cherished lakes.”

Organic manure, derived from local waste, will be readily accessible to farmers in Kashmir, enhancing their yield and fostering organic farming practices. Currently, farmers in the region incur high costs for organic manure, which is sourced from states like UP and Haryana, resulting in substantial transportation expenses. This project aims to provide organic manure to farmers at affordable rates, reducing their financial burden.

 Ritesh Chauhan (IAS), MD NAFED, said, “We’re proud to be part of Dal Lake Waste Processing Plant, an initiative that aligns with our commitment to sustainable practices. NAFED is dedicated to setting up more such impactful projects in the future. From biofuels to organic manure, our focus is on creating a greener, healthier tomorrow for all.”

Sajid Ghulam, representing CEF, said, “Being part of CEF Srinagar and a local, contributing to this project has been a heartfelt journey for me. I’ve always wanted to serve my community, and this project provided the perfect opportunity. Seeing the positive impact, it has on our environment and community is truly fulfilling.”

In a year, the plant will generate

CEF Group aims to engage 1,00,000 households in the next three years of expansion through employing 5000 Gardeners in Delhi NCR and few other cities.

 The CEF Group, a pioneer in waste management and an advocate for sustainability, has recently announced expansion plans for its revolutionary “Urban Farming ” initiative. The primary goal of this initiative is to usher in a new era of organic farming and transform urban spaces into thriving green sanctuaries. With a steadfast commitment to converting urban areas into thriving hubs of greenery and sustainable agriculture, the CEF Group is gearing up to onboard and train 5000 skilled gardeners for fostering employment opportunities, promoting environmental sustainability, and ensuring community well-being.

Since its inception in April 2022, the Urban Farmer initiative has gained traction in around 250 households across Delhi NCR. It encompasses a wide range of areas including kitchen gardens, green spaces on balconies, rooftop plots, and even farmhouses. By employing creative agricultural techniques and skillful arrangement of planters, this endeavour has effectively nurtured a wide variety of vegetables and flowers within the constraints of people’s own homes at their balconies, terraces and kitchen gardens. CEF Group’s urban farming efforts are driven by a combination of factors that align perfectly with each other. These objectives encompass enhancing air and food quality, fostering environmental awareness, advocating improved health and wellness, and stimulating economic growth through the creation of both full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Furthermore, the enthusiastic response from the local community has acted as a driving force behind CEF Group’s unwavering dedication to this mission.

Considering the pivotal role skilled gardeners play in nurturing the vitality of urban farms, the CEF Group aims to provide a robust platform for local skill development and job creation. The organization’s comprehensive training modules are meticulously designed to empower these gardeners with modern, sustainable farming practices, thereby cultivating a new wave of green entrepreneurs.

The expansion of Urban Farming initiatives also aims at enriching the quality of life for residents. Its key anticipated outcomes and milestones include hosting quarterly community gardening events and workshops and fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration. Furthermore, the Urban Farmer initiative harnesses cutting-edge technology to revolutionize organic and regenerative farming. The amalgamation of technology and contemporary agricultural practices not only amplifies efficiency but also facilitates the seamless adoption of ecologically conscious solutions.

Speaking about this initiative, Maninder Singh, Founder & CEO, CEF Group, said, “CEF group is committed to promoting sustainability practices through environmental conservation. We consistently explore innovative avenues to make a positive impact on the world. With the extension of our Urban Farming Initiative, we aim to minimise carbon emissions, enhance biodiversity, and contribute positively to the ecosystem. Our immediate objective entails engaging 15,000 households during the initial year of this expansion. Additionally, our plan involves training and employing 5000 gardeners, which will help bridge the gap in skilled horticulturists within the Delhi-NCR and other metropolitan regions. These gardeners will also serve as advocates for green practices, fostering community engagement and spreading awareness about the benefits of urban farming. Our ambitious expansion plan promises several advantages – from improved air quality to socio-economic benefits through local employment, skill development, and strengthened community bonds.”

CEF Group aims to engage 1,00,000 households