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One lakh saplings to be planted

Hindustan Zinc has decided to plant one lakh saplings at its sites in Rajasthan to mark World Environment Day. Its zinc-producing mine at Rampura Agucha in Bhilwara district has started plantation of 70,000 saplings as part of the ambitious drive.

Inaugurating the drive on Tuesday, Bhilwara Collector Onkar Singh said the district administration would make available wasteland to Hindustan Zinc to include it in its plantation drive. “This unique initiative will surely become a benchmark for other corporate groups to follow.”

Hindustan Zinc Chief Executive Officer Akhilesh Joshi said the drive aligns with the State Government's “Green Rajasthan” project, in which an appeal has been issued to the business houses and people at large to plant trees at various locations.

Mr. Joshi said company officials will take care to ensure the plants survive and develop into healthy trees. He said both mining and agriculture sectors were essential for the development and prosperity of the nation's economy.

Divisional Forest Officer L. N. Ranawat said Rajasthan has a forest cover of only seven per cent against the standard 33 per cent. To enhance greenery, all available areas such as wasteland, areas around roads and land inside houses and business locations must be utilised, he said.