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Dalmia Bharat reaffirms its environmental stewardship in Odisha through Van Mahotsav celebrations



Dalmia Bharat Limited (DBL) is reiterating its commitment towards environmental stewardship through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm, Dalmia Bharat Foundation (DBF), through participation in the celebration of Van Mahotsav, the annual tree-planting festival, to raise awareness about forest conservation and saving the environment. As part of the initiative, DBL planted 1500 saplings in the areas around its Rajgangpur cement facility, the colony and school to beautify its surroundings and make it clean and green.

As part of these initiatives, the region’s cement leader adopted a three-decade old, 3.8 acre garbage dumping yard in Rajgangpur and renamed it Kishkindha Van which was inaugurated by Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited Senior ED & National Manufacturing Head Ganesh Jirkuntwar. Featuring organic vegetable, fruits such as mango, guava, citrus, banana, as well as herbs with medicinal properties, the yard also includes a 30-foot well that will be used to irrigate organic vegetable/fruit plantations. Fruit saplings will be planted in one acre of land, 0.8 acre will be used for road, pathways, ridges & ponds and organic vegetable cultivation will be done in the remaining 2 acres. In all, 500 saplings will be planted in Kishkindha Van, the company sources said.

To create awareness on the importance of Van Mahostav, the CSR and R&R team of the company organized various programs at schools and colleges and distributed saplings to continue this noble initiative for a greener society. This apart, Dalmia Cement Bharat Ltd. also provided saplings like lemon, litchi, cashew and coconut etc. to the villagers of Choukidarpara village.

Speaking about the initiative, Jirkuntwar said, “We believe in a sustainable future for a better tomorrow and this can only be possible when we continue to partake in a shared purpose of environmental stewardship. Over the past many years, our company has successfully been able to create a green forest around our Rajgangpur facility, in Lanjiberna and its adjoining villages. With the help of the State Horticulture Department, we want to expand our drive to create awareness about environmental protection and the conservation of nature.”

In the recent past, DBL planted almost 33,000 trees in and around the Rajgangpur facility surroundings and the Lanjiberna mines area. Between December 2021 and January 2022, a total of 14,000 trees were planted at Line 3 Unit and mines area while in March 2022, 5068 trees were planted in a record span of 11 days at the colony and facility area.

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