Under the Vriskharopan Mahotasava 2021- a flagship annual plantation drive of Ministry of Coal, GoI – mass plantation was carried out at 60 different locations in SECL Areas including Bilaspur HQ.
Sh. Raosaheb Patil Danve , Hon’ble Minister of State in Mines, Coal & Railways was the Chief guest on the occasion who attended the event virtually. Vriksharopan Abhiyan 2021 was organised in Coal India & its Subsidiaries, Singerani Colleries and NLC Limited . The plantation drive was spread in 38 districts of 10 States wherein around 300 sites were chosen for plantation on 19.08.2021. It includes 60 sites of SECL. In a total, around 60 lakhs saplings will be planted starting today on an approximate area of 2300 Hectares. Around 13 lakhs saplings are also planned to be distributed under this Abhiyaan.
During the event, two Mine Eco tourism sites were inaugurated while foundation stone was laid for two such Parks in Eastern Coalfields Limited & Mahanadi Coalfields Limited.
SECL Spokesperson told that, during the FY 2021-22, SECL has already planted 5.1 Lakhs saplings in 197 Hectares of land. The Coal Company has a target of 7.5L saplings plantation covering around 300 hectares during the year. Last year SECL has planted 6.75 lakhs saplings. The Company has developed two Mine-eco tourism sites at Kenapara, Bishrampur Area near Ambikapur(CG) and another namely, Ananya Vatika at Rajnagar OC in Hasdeo Area, Anuppur District (MP) . There are 09 First Mile Connectivity Projects (FMC) under implementation which would help eco-friendly evacuation of Coal from Pit-head to Loading Site. Recently, SECL has issued ‘Letter of Award’ for installation of 60 MW Solar Power Plant at identified land patches in its Bishrampur & Bhatgaon Areas. Another 100 MW Solar Plant is under implementation in Korba Coalfields on BOOT basis. In a sustainable development initiative, Mine Water discharge(around 200 LKL) from SECL Mines are gainfully routed for irrigation purpose in around 2000 acres of Land near Company Mines in FY 2020-21.
During the Vriksharopan Abhiyan Program, Sh. Anil Jain, Secreatry Coal(MoC) was also connected Online. SECL CMD, Sh. AP Panda, CVO BP Sharma, DT(O) MK Prasad, D(F) & D(P) Sh. SM Choudhary, DT(P&P) Sh. S K Pal, HoDs, Union Leaders & representatives among others, attended the event from SECL HQ. These dignitaries also planted fruit bearing trees at SECL HQ premises. This year’s Vriksaropan Mahotsava is part of ‘ Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava’ celebrated in the country.