Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 10:
On the lines of IT city Bangalore, Odisha-based Navratna central public sector enterprise (CPSE) is keen to promote the capital city as the floral hub and tag it as a green city.
“Apart from planting 6.8 crore saplings around its plants and sites, Nalco has been undertaking various beautification projects throughout Odisha. Since we are headquartered at Bhubaneswar, we would like to promote the capital city as the next floral hub, similar to Bangalore, and tag it as a green city,” said Shri Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, Nalco, while addressing the two-day state-level annual flower show at the Regional Plant Resource Centre (RPRC) which concluded here today.
The top official of the aluminium major several green initiatives by the company and promote unconventional energy.
“We have taken up an avenue plantation at a project cost of Rs 2.52 crore, between the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, with the help of Odisha Forest Development Corporation. Besides, in our corporate office and township, we have already taken up steps to harness unconventional energy sources,” Chand informed.
The flow show registered huge footfall and various competitions were organized during the event.
Attending the prize-giving ceremony of the biggest and the most beautiful flower show of the state as the chief guest, Chand, accompanied by Preeti Roy, President, Nalco Mahila Samiti, visited various sections of the exhibition, like cut-flower, flower arrangement, floral display, plant bazar, mini-garden, mini-forest, nurseries and exhibition stalls, appreciating the efforts of organizer RPRC, operating under the aegis of Forest & Environment Department. Nalco has been associated with the show over the years as sponsor which started in 1988.
“Going by the increasing number of participants and footfalls, the show has become a people’s show. Now it’s time that the show graduates from state-level to a national-level event and Nalco, as a responsible corporate citizen, is ready to extend all supports,” Chand concluded.
RPRC in collaboration with the Plant Lovers Association, Bhubaneswar has been organizing this annual flower show. Susant Nanda, Director of Horticulture, Khirod Pattnaik, President, Plant Lovers Association and other officials of RPRC were present on the occasion.