GKEL sets record for mass plantation, 5000 sapling in 20 minutes

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BHUBANESWAR: GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited (GKEL) has achieved a benchmark for mass plantation drive with 5000 saplings in 1200 seconds (20 minutes) at the plant premises during the celebration of World Environment Day.

Around 500 enthusiasts from different walks of life including GKEL, Raxa Security, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, agency workers and periphery villagers came together to make this feat possible.

Ramesh R Pai, Chief Operating Officer, GKEL, kicked off the drive by planting the first sapling of the season at the plant premises.“ We are delighted for achieving this formidable task which created excitement and participation from the communities’ at large,” he said.

“Nature is the greatest gift of God to mankind and therefore we should plant trees to protect Nature. Everyone should take responsibility to preserve, conserve and plant trees,” he said.

Arabinda Pani, Head (Operation & Maintenance) distributed 100 saplings of mango and coconut to the local community.

Susanta Sahoo, Head (EHS) and Sushil Choudhury, Head (Infrastructure) made all possible arrangements for make this initiative a success.

GKEL, which operates 1050 MW thermal power plant at Kamalanga in Dhenkanal district, has so far planted around 2,70,000 saplings in the plant and has a target to plant 35,000 saplings in 2017. GKEL is an exemplary corporate citizen, which employs energy efficient technologies and is environment friendly.

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