The Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) and Thar Foundation successfully planted approximately 910,000 plants under its Thar Million Tree Plantation (TMTP) program to mark the World Earth Day on Thursday. The 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 achieved which is expected by end of 2021.
The organization hosted a ceremony to mark the day which was presided over by the General Manager, Site Operations – Zia Haider. Speaking at the event, 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.”He added.
The HSE Manager of the Company – Waqas Abdul Aziz – told the audience that to date under the TMT Plantation drive 910,000 tree saplings had already been planted and it was expected that the drive would culminate at the end of the year with a 1million target successfully reached. He further elaborated that in order to reduce the carbon footprint, the Company had taken several steps as mitigation measures.
He said that the initiatives also included setting up Sindh’s largest private-sector plant nursery in Thar Block II. Mr Mohsin Babbar – the manager CSR of 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 Mohammad Amir Khan, Tejvir Singh, Nimra Hussain, Hafiz Shakeel, Tashfeen Majeed, Aijaz Khan, Najeeb Shah, Asif Dars, Irfan Junejo amongst others