Thar Million Tree Initiative Plants 910,000 Trees
Thar Coal Block II Observes World Earth Day; employees of SECMC and Thar Foundation plant saplings
Islamkot, Tharparkar: Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) and Thar Foundation have successfully planted approximately 910,000 plants under its Thar Million Tree Plantation (TMTP) program.
On the occasion of World Earth Day on Thursday, employees of the organization showcased their commitment to the environment by planting tree saplings under the initiative and demonstrated firm plans to continue the drive until the target is attained – which is expected by end of 2021, says a press release.
The organization hosted a ceremony to mark the day which was presided over by the General Manager, Site Operations – Zia Haider. Speaking at the occasion he said: “Through dedicated plantation drives we can greatly reduce the incidence of climate change. Our urban cities have transformed into concrete jungles and the trend of tree plantation has greatly reduced. Planting trees today is a dividend that will benefit our future generations.”
The HSE Manager of the Company – Waqas Abdul Aziz – told the audience that to date under the TMT Plantation drive 910,000 tree saplings have already been planted and it is expected that the drive will culminate at the end of the year with 1million target successfully reached. He further elaborated that in order to reduce the carbon footprint the Company has taken several steps as mitigation measures. These initiatives also include setting up Sindh’s largest private-sector plant nursery in Thar Block II.
Mohsin Babbar – Manager CSR – Thar Foundation said: “Our environmental mitigation efforts which include the TMT Plantation program, Ansari Green park, and Bio-saline agriculture projects are being lauded not just in Pakistan but also across the world. Before our interventions, there was no concept of Biosaline agriculture in Tharparkar. We conducted the pilot projects and proved to the world that the underground saline water can be used to bring an agricultural revolution in the region.”
The employees of SECMC and Thar Foundation planted trees after the ceremony under the TMTP program. The event was attended by Muhammad Amir Khan, Tejvir Singh, Nimra Hussain, Hafiz Shakeel, Tashfeen Majeed, Aijaz Khan, Najeeb Shah, Asif Dars, and Irfan Junejo amongst others. (PR)