Mantri Developers is a company with a history of being a constructive and enlightened partner in the communities in which it operates. Social responsibility is essential to our corporate ethos and our value proposition for customers. We believe in taking concrete action to realize these objectives.
With this aim to further our efforts and provide a constructive direction to our ongoing initiatives we have launched Mantri S.E.V.A – Supporting and Encouraging Voluntary Action. Through this program we aim to promote and engage, both individually and with partners, in social contribution activities that help strengthen communities and contribute to the enrichment of society. Mantri S.E.V.A will see us cultivate relationships with diverse stakeholders, such as service associations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to achieve social goals.
As the name connotes, Mantri S.E.V.A is designed to serve people and work towards addressing social issues and serve the community. The primary objective of Mantri S.E.V.A is to generate a positive impact in the society through its focused activities to combat various pressing issues. Our activities will be in the realm of Civic & Social Development, Social Aid and Green Initiatives.
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Pacifying the disaster struck Nepal, relief and support has flown in from all corners in abundance but the most immediate need of the hour is shelter or roof, an assurance of recuperation. Mantri S.E.V.A (Support and Encouraging Voluntary Action) in association with Building Bricks (BB), has been bringing respite to the homeless in Nepal. Snehal Mantri – Director Marketing & HR, and Priyanka Mantri – Head Mantri S.E.V.A (the CSR wing of Mantri Developers) said, “We wanted to kick start this exercise on priority to shelter the homeless as that is the first step to securitising them both physically and mentally. There is nothing worse than having your roof taken away, something that is a basic parameter for socio-economic equality in this world and something that every human works hard to acquire.”
As the Billion Bricks volunteers reached Nepal on May 10th they realised the extent of devastation as the KTM runaway was left in shambles. The very next day, just as they were settling in, tremors of terror returned, as a massive 7.4 scale earthquake renewed and amplified the horror and destruction death and homelessness. Meanwhile, Mantri S.E.V.A and Billion Bricks were already rigorously engaged in transporting 100 tents from Bengaluru, India to Kathmandu, Nepal. “We immediately started an online fundraising campaign for 72 hours when the earthquake hit for the first time. With the funds collected and extra funding and ground support from Mantri S.E.V.A volunteers we were able to start shipping the tents from Bengaluru to Kathmandu,” said Prasoon Kumar, founder and CEO, Billion Bricks. However, their efforts were stalled in Nepal as offices and airport in KTM shut down post the big shock. “We realised that rebuilding a nation that had fallen apart would not be easy, especially due to perilous weather and challenges of commuting, but support to our rescue workers from local volunteers from foundations like Yakru for Humanity and Nepal Olympic Association bore fruit to our endeavours” he added.
Billion Bricks and aforementioned local organisations built temporary toilets in relief camps and bamboo shelters in villages around Kathmandu. Since the volunteers had already assessed the situation as per requirements, when the tents’ cargo finally reached Nepal, they were deployed first in Sankhu, Bhaktapur, and Sitapaila villages of Kathmandu Valley. Apart from these areas the tents were also distributed in some urban communities in dense areas of the city. As on date, 66 tents are set up and work is ongoing for a further 34.
On 22 May, one of the tents set up by Billion Bricks in Kathmandu was christened with the cry of a new born. The last time the volunteers visited the camp site, the tent had become home to a 9 year old girl whose limbs were injured during the quake. An old lady, who had fractured her ribs during the disaster, had also found solace in one of the tents as she recovered from surgery.
Mantri Developers, south India’s leading real estate developer initiated Swachh Bengaluru drive to make Bengaluru one of the best cities to live in. In the recent past the city has emerged as a metropolitan hotspot, Swachh Bengaluru is a monthly initiative supported by Mayor, Samarthanam Trust for disable, Indus community school children, Police personnel, BBMP staff, Pourakarmikas and residents of Mantri properties.
To counter the rising garbage issue of Bengaluru waste disposal bins are installed in the city. Moreover, considering the menace of polythene packets, the shop keepers are sensitized to switch to paper bags and to ban the usage of polythene packets and plastic cups. Swachh Bengaluru will be held every month to ensure that the community is kept clean in a sustained manner.
“I have taken the pledge to keep the city clean. I urge every Bengalurean to take on the responsibility of keeping their surrounding clean. If each citizen takes the onus on herself, then Bengaluru will be one of the best cities in the world,” said Mr. Sateesh Reddy, MLA, Bommanahalli.
“It is the responsibility of each one of us to ensure that the surroundings of our own home should be kept clean, if all of us take this responsibility then Bengaluru will be truly a garden city,” said Ravi Purshottam, Corporator, Arakere ward.
“At Mantri, we believe in being the change that we want. Thereby, Swachh Bengaluru has been initiated to ensure that instead of complaining about the growing menace of garbage and the filth in Bengaluru, we create a cleaner Bengaluru. For which, we have provided awareness programs against plastic to shopkeepers and installed dustbins.” said Mr. Sushil Mantri, Chairman & Managing Director, Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd.
“At Mantri Developers, we believe that every individual is a catalyst to the change that one wants. I as a citizen of Bengaluru want to see it as one of the best cities to live in across the globe, thereby Swachh Bengaluru will be conducted every month by us at Mantri,” said Mrs. Snehal Mantri, Director, Marketing & HR, Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd “Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled is very happy to partner with Mantri Developers in the Swacch Bengaluru initiative. Cleanliness is Godliness and I personally am a firm believer of the same. There is no better way of serving humanity than ensuring clean surroundings to live in!”, said Mahantesh GK, Founder Managing Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled.
Mantri S.E.V.A, organised an old shoes donation drive in association with Srinidhi Charitable Trust, a well-known trust working to support orphans, disabled and older people by providing quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training. This campaign was organised at all Mantri properties and across location offices in Bengaluru.
The Bengaluru Kidney Foundation is a well established charitable institution that has been doing pioneering work in making dialysis affordable and free to poor patients. The foundation has been holding the music festival Dhwani-BKF, every year since 2004. Over the past 11 years, the festival has brought some of the most talented Indian musicians from around the country to perform with anaim to promote Hindustani music amongst youngsters. In addition, it also hopes to mobilise funds for BKF’s dialysis programme. Mantri S.E.V.A sponsored the music festival that was held on September 20th &21st, 2014. Renowned musicians like Alka Deo Marulkar and Kalapini Komkali performed at the event; the sponsorship provided by Mantri S.E.V.A would be used for conducting more than 100 dialysis free of cost for the poor people.
Mantri S.E.V.A. organized a clothes donation drive in association with RK Foundation, a well-known national NGO, which is working towards channelization of used resources to needy people.
This campaign was organized at all Mantri properties across location offices in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mantri Square mall. It offered people an opportunity to not just clear their closet and offload their old clothes but gave them a chance to help underprivileged people in need of clothes.
The success of this drive was visible in the mammoth collection of clothes donated by people. The collected clothes were handed over to R.K Foundation for distributing to the needy. Mantri S.E.V.A. drove awareness for this initiative by putting up posters and standees at all Mantri Developers apartments and at the Mantri Square mall. Internally, awareness and excitement was created by sending out mailers to all employees
Mantri S.E.V.A. in association with BMS (NGO) & BEST Global Event services distributed 300 solar bulbs to 150 households in electricity deprived villages in Bidar district.
“Give Light Movement”, is an initiative to provide 4500 electricity deprived homes of north Karnataka with solar powered lights. The movement is spread across 18 villages and aims to provide over 10,000 illumination facilities in just 24 days.
According to the United Nations ‘Millennium Development Goals Report’, kerosene lamps cause indoor air pollution, which claims the lives of over 1.5 million people each year, over half of which are children under the age of five. This program is a step forward towards infusing sustainable living habits among households using kerosene lamps as their primary source of lighting.
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Mantri S.E.V.A, along with Samiksha Foundation, an NGO that takes care and provides education to the cancer affected children, organized an entertaining and fun filled day for close to a hundred children, affected by cancer at the Kapur ward of the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology. The day brought a lot of exciting activities with pleasant surprises for the children. Employees of Mantri Developers also took time off from work and contributed their best to make the event successful.
The event included magic show, fun games and prizes were distributed at the end of the event. A few children celebrated their birthday at the event and special gifts were given to them. The children enjoyed not just the event thoroughly, but also received some carry away goodies as well. All the Mantri employees personally went to the patient’s wards and distributed gifts to each of the cancer affected kids.
In 2003, we ventured into the education sector with the Indus International School, with an aim to bring truly world class education from the primary school level that will help shape future generations. The Indus International School is today one of the finest international schools in India. In an effort to bring quality education free of cost to children from below-poverty-line families, we have set up the Indus Community School in Bengaluru, which provides free education of IB standards to such students. We have also embarked on adopting rural schools to spread the light of education further.
In 2005, we have adopted three village panchayat schools across various parts of rural Bengaluru. In order to retain students in the school and prevent dropouts, we provided the students with mid-day meals, free uniforms and special scholarships to encourage literacy among girl students. We also engaged with parents to reinforce the importance of education.
In April 2009, Mantri Developers adopted a jilla panchayat school at Angrewadi, Village Bhukhum, Pune. We have subsequently renovated the school, improved educational infrastructure in addition to providing excellent furniture, computers, smart boards, etc.
Mantri Developers is privileged to contribute to the civic redevelopment of our home city - Bengaluru. We were the first company to enter into a public-private partnership to improve Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru.
We also adopted the Malleswaram police station in northwest Bengaluru with an aim to create a better environment for the law enforcers. This included the complete refurbishing of the interiors and exteriors, engaging experienced consultants and architects to design the place and landscaping.
Mantri Developers worked towards restoring numerous parks in and around Bengaluru. The projects so far include Bashyam Park in Malleswaram, Madhavan Park in Jayanagar and 1st Block Park at Koramangala.
The endeavor called for leading landscape consultants to analyze and design the park in order to increase the volume of green space in the parks as well as to create a safe play area for children and walking space for the elderly.
Mantri Group in its endeavour towards Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development has ventured into installation of Windmills. The group as of date has Windmills with installed capacity of 23.25 MW, generating annually about 50 million units. The objective of Mantri Group is to generate clean and green energy(renewable energy), without recourse to fossil fuel. The focus is on Zero Carbon Foot Print, by generating renewable energy for captive consumption and sale to third parties. The Mantri Group also is releasing to the market Verified Carbon Units, earned from generation ofpower to neutralize Carbon Foot Print released by third party.
While our actions on Windmills being a continuing programme, going forward, we have put together plans to minimize power consumption in all our projects, through Green Building concept, conceived through master plans on Solar Panels, Power saving gadgets and the like.
All future Mantri projects will be "Green Buildings" - designed aesthetically with an objective of consuming less electricity than the threshold. Our projects will also include rainwater harvesting to recharge the ground water level, and vast open landscaped spaces.
We have also installed windmills of 15.75 MW generating around 4 Cr units per annum.in Karnataka Power from these windmills is is used to provide electricity to nearby villages.
In addition, Mantri developers is also Certified ISO 14001: 2004 on Environmental Management Systems - with a key objective of providing and ensuring safety for people's lives, environment, property machinery and equipment, products and service.