Coal India’s Subsidiary to Undertake Ambitious Reforestation Project (South Eastern Coalfields)
Over 38 Lakh Saplings to Be Planted in Collaboration with State Nigams
Chhattisgarh, 26 July (City Times): In a significant initiative towards environmental conservation, South Eastern Coalfields (SECL), a subsidiary of Coal India, has pledged a whopping Rs 169 crore for an extensive plantation drive in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. The Ministry of Coal’s recent release highlighted SECL’s commitment to partner with Chhattisgarh Rajya Van Vikas Nigam (CGRVVN) and Madhya Pradesh Rajya Van Vikas Nigam (MPRVVN) in this ambitious reforestation project.
Massive Investment for Greenery
SECL is set to invest Rs 131.52 crore in Chhattisgarh and Rs 38.11 crore in Madhya Pradesh over the next five years, focusing on large-scale plantation efforts in both states. The project will span from 2023-24 to 2027-28, followed by four years of diligent maintenance.
Collaboration with State Nigams
Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CGRVVN and MPRVVN, SECL will work in collaboration with these state van (forest) development agencies to drive the plantation initiative. The joint endeavor aims to plant over 26 lakh saplings in Chhattisgarh and nearly 12 lakh saplings in Madhya Pradesh.
A Track Record of Environmental Commitment
This is the third such MoU by SECL, building on their successful track record of previous initiatives. Between 2013-14 and 2022-23, the company has planted more than 46 lakh saplings in Chhattisgarh and over 16 lakh plants in Madhya Pradesh at a total cost of more than Rs 168 crores.
Diverse Species to Enhance Biodiversity
The plantation drive will include a variety of plant species, including fruit-bearing, timber, medicinal, and herbal plants. The aim is not only to enhance green cover but also to promote biodiversity and ecosystem balance in the region.
A Greener Future Ahead
SECL’s ambitious plantation project reflects their unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship. By joining hands with the state van nigams, the company strives to make a substantial positive impact on the ecosystem and create a greener and healthier future for Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. (South Eastern Coalfields)