Bhubaneswar: Tata Steel’s OMQ (Ore, Mines & Quarries) Division and West Bokaro Division celebrated ‘World Water Day 2018’ with the theme of the year “Nature for Water” on Thursday.
On this occasion, a river cleaning drive was organised at Sona river of Joda followed by expert sessions on water conservation at Valley Club, Joda.
The objective of these programmes was to remind people about not wasting one of the most important elements that sustain life on the planet.
All sections of the society participated in the Sona river cleaning drive, which is considered as the lifeline of Joda. Gayatri Parivar, Joda actively participated in this drive along with school students of Tata DAV Public School, councillors of Joda Municipality and employees of Tata Steel.
Over 300 people from Joda voluntarily participated in this drive and pledged to contribute in terms spreading the message of clean Sona river.
An expert session on conservation and management of water was convened at Joda Valley Club. Kavita Pati and Veerabaswant Reddy from The Energy and Resources Institute, KR Gopinath, Chairman, KRG Rain Water Foundation and Sajid Idris from INTACH delivered technical sessions on water management.
Students of Tata DAV Public School spread the message of water conservation through skits and other cultural performances post the expert sessions.
Similarly, around 200 people including employees of Tata Steel and Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), security personnel, students, vendor partners and residents of West Bokaro came together to clean Bokaro river near Rajiv Nagar, West Bokaro.
Bokaro river is the lifeline of West Bokaro as many lives are dependent on this source of water. An interactive session was also organized at Pannatand by TSRDS.
The session attended by more than 50 farmers of Pannatand and nearby villages aimed at creating awareness regarding conservation of water during rainy season and means to stop water wastage during farming.
Tata Steel has taken many initiatives for conservation and management of water at its raw material locations like rainwater harvesting project to recharge groundwater and Sewage Treatment Plants to recycle and reuse of sewage water and adopted the best method to recycle mining process water.