Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 5:
On the occasion of World Environment Day, Tata Steel Limited organised a string of activities in its project and operational locations in Odisha to spread awareness about environment protection, sustenance and eco-conscious growth.
Programmes like plantation of saplings and generating awareness on environmental sustainability marked the observance of World Environment Day at Kalinganagar, Sukinda and Bamnipal. The observance was in keeping with the global theme for this year’s World Environment Day, ‘Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level’.
At Kalinganagar, a plantation programme was organised at Gobarghati Rehabilitation Colony. U S Parkhi, Head, Environment, Kalinganagar Project and senior members of Tata Steel Parivar were present on the occasion. Earlier, as part of the celebrations, quiz and drawing competitions for school going children of the rehabilitation colonies of Tata Steel and nearby villages and quiz competition among the officers of Kalinganagar Project were organised. The winners of the school level competition were given prizes on the occasion.
In Sukinda Chromite Mine, an awareness rally was taken out in the morning in which school children, employees, officers and representatives of the Workers’ Union participated. This was followed by plantation of saplings by Pankaj K Satija, GM (O), FAMD, Rajesh Patel, Chief (Mining) and Union Officials of Sukinda Workers’ Union participated in the plantation programme held at the Shrama Shakti High School. A craft competition for the camp ladies and a skit competition among the departmental employees were organised.
At Joda, a marathon was organised by Tata Steel which was joined by large number of school children from Joda Municipal area, Councillors of the municipality, eminent personalities of the township, Tata Steel officials, trade union office bearers and media persons. The marathon aimed at spreading the message of environmental protection and the related consciousness was flagged off by Satyanand Sahu, Deputy Director of Mines, Joda and graced by senior Tata Steel officials like RR Satpathy, Chief, Joda and Anurag Dixit, Chief, Khondbond Iron Mines.
The meeting was followed by a plantation drive with participation of school children in large numbers. The winners of painting and other competitions organised to commemorate the event were awarded by the dignitaries, who also honoured some of the persons winning fame in the field of agricultural promotion. Eminent environmentalist Niladri Bihari Mishra was felicitated on this occasion. Oath was administered at the end to take a vow for conservation of eco system.
At Gopalpur, the day started with an awareness rally at Rehabilitation Colony in which more than 100 students of Madhusudan High School, Sindhigaon participated. Sushanta Mishra, Chief Project Gopalpur & SEZ, Tata Steel and other officials of Tata Steel & TSRDS were present on the occasion. The rally was followed by plantation by school children and Tata Steel officials at Badapur under Luhajhar panchayat along with distribution of fruit bearing plant saplings to the villagers. Electronic display board carrying environmental messages was inaugurated in front of Chamakhandi Plant Site by Prof K C Sahu, Head, Marine Sciences Department, Berhampur University in the presence of PK Mohapatra, Regional Officer, State Pollution Control Board, Sadananda Sethi, BDO, Rangeilunda and Sushanta Mishra, Chief, Project Gopalpur, Tata Steel.
It was followed by mass plantation within the plant site. The dignitaries then visited the nursery raised specially for Vetiver plantation and lauded Tata Steel’s effort towards the preservation of environment. During a function commemorating the occasion at NTTF auditorium, K C Sahu praised Tata Steel’s initiatives for environment safety and awareness. Winners of various competitions like quiz, debate, rangoli and drawing were given prizes on the occasion.