‘Development, conservation should go hand in hand’

Celebrating nature: S.K. Acharya, CMD, NLCIL, presenting a certificate of appreciation to a student on the occasion of the World Environment Day.

Celebrating nature: S.K. Acharya, CMD, NLCIL, presenting a certificate of appreciation to a student on the occasion of the World Environment Day.   | Photo Credit: Handout_E_Mail

NLC India launches massive sapling planting drive to celebrate the World Environment Day

Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India Ltd observed the World Environment Day by launching mass sapling planting drives and undertaking a pledge to protect the natural resources, environment and biodiversity of mankind’s home planet. The theme of the celebration was ‘Connecting People to Nature’.

S.K. Acharya, CMD, NLCIL, administered the English version of the pledge to the audience gathered at the Yegneswaran auditorium of Learning & Development Centre, Neyveli, while Rakesh Kumar, Director (Finance) read out the Hindi version of the pledge and P. Selva Kumar, Director (P&P) read out the Tamil version.

Mr. Acharya, in his key note address, stressed that development and conservation should go hand in hand to maintain ecological balance.

‘Encourage recycling’

He said, planned, effective and efficient usage of natural resources for industrial and domestic purposes can reduce wastage. Every industry need to adopt sustainable development policy and it should ensure usage of natural resources legitimately, and strive hard to recreate natural resources equally or more. Protecting the earth from effluences must be everyone’s aim and “we have to manage earth’s resources wisely and encourage recycling, to minimise adverse effects of mineral extraction and renewable resources and to develop renewable substitutes.”

The NLC remained committed to carrying out more environment friendly mining and power generation operations, Mr. Acharya said.

C. Kaliaperumal, Director, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Chennai Region. who was chief guest, emphasised on the importance for people to maintain a connect to nature.

He appreciated NLCIL management for the effective initiatives taken to increase water table in peripheral villages by de-silting ponds.

Functional Directors of NLCIL, Rakesh Kumar, Subir Das, V. Thangapandian, P. Selvakumar and R. Vikraman participated.

Prizes and free tree saplings were distributed to winners of competitions organised by the Corporate Environment Cell of NLC.

The members of the newly inaugurated “Nurture nature for Future - Eco Club,” Neyveli were presented with certificates and tree saplings in appreciation for their contributions. Earlier, a mass sapling planting drive was organised at Villudianapattu Temple, Mines, Thermal Units and Administrative offices of NLCIL.

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