Sanjay Rajoria inaugurates the campaign in West Bokaro, Ramgarh, on Wednesday. (Vishvendu Jaipuriar)
Hazaribagh, June 1: Cries of “harit maa ka sapna kare saakar, hara bhara pariwesh rahey, lagey vriksho ka ambaar” rent the air of West Bokaro, as officials of Tata Steel launched a month-long green campaign today with a promise to plant around one lakh saplings in Ramgarh district.
Sanjay Rajoria, chief of Quarry E of Tata Steel, inaugurated the campaign, which is held by the steel major every year in June to create awareness about the environment and global warming.
Among the others present were secretary of Rashtriya Colliery Mazdoor Sangh (RCMS) S.S.P. Singh and president Mohan Mahto.
“Tata Steel is concerned about the environment and has, since its inception, taken several steps to protect the environment and curtail carbon dioxide emissions which aid to global warming,” Rajoria said.
The quarry chief said the steel major would try and plant close to one-lakh saplings in and around West Bokaro and Ramgarh in order to reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
“Tata Steel has always been an eco-friendly company and has adopted new and advanced technologies from time-to-time to protect the environment,” he said, adding proudly that the company’s West Bokaro coal mines were the first in the country to be honoured with Environment Management System ISO-14001 award last year.
Singh appealed to people to do whatever they could to protect the environment we lived in.
“Ek ped lagao aur baaki ped bachao (plant a sapling and save the others),” he said.
Senior manager of Tata Steel’s environment cell Manoj Gupta added that the company would target the Quarry A dumpsite in the district to plant around 90,000 saplings before monsoon sets in.
“We will also hold other programmes through out the month to spread awareness among the masses,” Gupta said.
Rupesh Sharma, a corporate communications official, said that the steel major would also observe World Environment Day on June 5 wherein students from various schools from the district would take out rallies to spread awareness
“The West Bokaro division has mechanised open cast mines, producing 6 million tonne of raw coal a year, in an eco-friendly way. The division was also conferred the Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Award, National Energy Award, National Safety Award, PM Shram awards and OHSAS (Occupational Health, Safety Assessment Series) for its green ways,” he added.