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Industry help to save forests

Jamshedpur, July 5: The forest department is trying to rope in public sector enterprises to conserve forestland and thus promote eco-tourism.

Sanjeev Kumar, the divisional forest officer (DFO) of Dhalbhum, today convened a meeting with representatives of Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL), Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL) and Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board to look into how the corporate houses could help in development of forest land and villages in respective mining areas. The DFO discussed prospects of developing Rajdoha village in Potka block as an eco-tourism project.

“Rajdoha village is adjacent to UCIL’s mining area in Jadugora. Since we want corporate sectors to participate in activities to conserve environment, we will join hands with them to develop an eco-tourism plan to save forests. We also need to help villagers develop livelihood programmes as they play an important role in forest conservation,” said Kumar.

Representatives of HCL were asked to develop a similar proposal and to help forest and villages as a part of their corporate social responsibility programmes. HCL was requested not to dispose of their pollutants in Subernarekha.

“During my field visits I found that pollutants, the by-products of mining, are being dumped on the banks of Subernarekha. I asked the representatives to come up with alternative disposal plans. They can reclaim the river banks by planting trees,” Kumar added.

While UCIL has its mines at Narwa and Jadugora, HCL’s mines are in Surdah and Musabani.

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