Bhubaneswar: Nalco chairman Tapan Kumar Chand on Sunday said the company will increase the green cover of Bhubaneswar by encouraging horticulture activities.
“With the implementation of avenue plantation jointly by Nalco and the state government between the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, we also plan to increase significantly the green cover of Bhubaneswar by encouraging horticulture activities. Our state capital will not only be a smart city but also green city”, said Chand.
Chand was speaking on the concluding day of state-level flower show organized by Directorate of Horticulture, Plant Lovers Association in collaboration with Nalco at the Botanical Garden of Regional Plant Resource Centre (RPRC), Bhubaneswar.
The event witnessed participation of more than 500 entries including government institutions, public undertakings, corporate and industrial houses, nurseries, individuals and amateur flower growers, with a footfall of more than 1,50,000 visitors from the twin city of Bhubaneswar- Cuttack and other parts of the state.
The Nalco CMD accompanied by Preeti Roy, president of Nalco Mahila Samiti visited various sections of the exhibition, like cut-flower, flower arrangement, floral display, plant bazar, mini-garden, mini-forest, nurseries and exhibition stalls, appreciating the efforts of the organizer.
Chand also handed over the prizes to winners in various categories.
“Going by the increasing number of participants and footfalls, the show has now become a people’s show and it symbolizes people’s love for nature. For Nalco as a responsible corporate, environment conservation has been deeply embedded in our core values and we are indeed happy to be part of this event as such events also generate awareness among the general public on environment conservation”, said Chand.
Citing about the lustrous greenery created in the mined-out areas of Nalco Panchpatmali Bauxite Mines that has become exemplary in the mining industry of the country, Chand also shared the company’s plans to undertaking various beautification projects throughout Odisha including the development of Puri as part of Prime Minister’s Iconic Shrine Project.