An awareness rally taken out by Horticultural Society of Jamshedpur in Sakchi on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The city of chimneys showed its conscious side on Thursday when it took a host of initiatives to mark World Environment Day.
Apart from the usual awareness rallies and pledges, some concrete steps were taken by organisations like Tata Steel and its wings to reiterate their commitment to safeguard the surroundings.
So if Tata Steel Zoological Park embarked on a mission to enforce anti-litter measures on the premises, the steel major started the process to add as many saplings as possible to Jamshedpur’s landscape.
From Thursday, the zoo started the practice of collecting a refundable deposit of Rs 10 per plastic item brought inside or purchased within the zoo premises. Visitors will get the money back on returning empty food packet/bottle/carton back to the stall from where it is purchased.
Besides, eateries will be given eco-friendly paper bags to serve food. Fines will be imposed on those littering the premises.
Member managing committee of Tata Steel Zoological Society Rajnish Kumar said: “Littered plastic leads to clogging of drains and is carried into animal enclosures by the wind. We want to stop this.”
Tata Steel, on its part, kicked off a three-day environment campaign with discussions and awareness sessions to deliberate on ways to make operations at its plant more environment-friendly.
The celebrations kicked off at Steelennium Hall with B.K. Das, vice-president (coke, sinter and iron), Tata Steel, releasing an e-book on environmental best practices and inaugurating an online audit system.
As many as 500 saplings will be planted by Tata Steel over three days with 150 being sown at Jugsalai muck dump on Thursday. Twenty saplings were planted by the urban services at its RD Bhatta Community Centre.
Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco held a tree plantation drive at Joggers’ Park in Sonari. Plantation exercises were also undertaken at River’s Meet on Marine Drive in Sonari. Over 1,500 saplings were planted across a 3.5-acre patch.
Jusco, which has set a target of planting 25,000 trees in the current financial year, also organised a tree plantation drive at Triangular Park in association with Jamshedpur Horticultural Society.
The urban services wing of Tata Steel also organised various events across its community centres and urban slums.
Elsewhere, National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Karim City College observed the day with screening of an animation film on the current plight of environment.
Jamshedpur Women’s College’s department of environment and water management organised a plantation programme.