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Tata Steel providing clean drinking water to the people of Jharkhand
~ First-of- its-kind Drinking Water Project based on Rainwater Harvesting built in West Bokaro~
The West Bokaro Division of Tata Steel has built first-of- its-kind Drinking Water Project based on Rainwater Harvesting in the State of Jharkhand. The project is catering to over 8000 people in eight villages in the Ramgarh district of Jharkhand.

A check dam has been constructed along with an intake well that is located by the side of the Bokaro River. This recharge structure will utilise water from the sub-surface of the river, without disturbing the main flow of the river water. The water gathered into intake well would then be filtered, chlorinated and distributed to the villages through the robust piping network of almost 14 kilometres. This initiative will also enable the supply of perennial water during summer when the river is almost dry. The project is capable of supplying approximately 1000 kilo litres of water per day, which will adequately meet the drinking water requirement of these villages.

Scarcity of water for household usage is a big concern in the villages surrounding the West Bokaro Division, since the aquifer level in these villages is generally very poor. This is one of the focus areas for the CSR activities of Tata Steel. The company has invested Rs. 4.19 crore in this project to provide safe drinking water to the people.

This project will make provision of potable water in villages which will lead to reduction in rising water borne diseases in these areas. A tall retaining wall has also been constructed on the banks of the river to protect the project area from recurring flash floods. An attractively made waterfall and clean and green beautiful park add more charm and grace to the entire drinking water project. Also, the rain water flowing through the river, which is otherwise wasted, is judicially used to recharge the artificial aquifer to maintain a reasonable water level in the Recovery Well.

Tata Steel has taken many initiatives to provide adequate infrastructure to extend water supply to many of surrounding villages where some source of raw water was available in nearby area by installation of piping network, bore well, tube well etc. Presently, Tata Steel is supplying about one lakh liters of drinking water per day through tanker to villages like Duni, Jharnabasti, Jongragora, Latungri, Parsabera Ravidastola, Duni, Mukundbera and Choratand.

For over a century, Tata Steel has focused on responsible business practices with community-centric interventions. Tata Steel’s CSR interventions are aimed as an ‘enabler’ focusing on building community capacity, providing technical support and emphasise on ‘sustainable development’ to enhance the quality of life of people.
Tata Steel organises Environment Painting & Debate Competitions
The Environment Management and Sports Divisions of Tata Steel today organised a Painting & Debate Competition based on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) theme “Fight against the Illegal Trade in Wild Life.’. The event was organised at JRD Tata Sports Complex. Mr Suresh Paswan, Regional Officer, Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Nearly 100 children participated in different categories of the competitions. The competitions were evaluated by a panel of judges namely Mr Rajesh Bajpai & Mr Jaspal Singh from Jamshedpur School of Arts and Ms Shuvra & Mr Jainandan from Corporate Communication Department, Tata Steel

Mr BP Goswami of JSPCB, Mr SK Pati, Chief, Environment Management, Tata Steel and other officers from Tata Steel were also present at the event

Winners of the painting & debate competition will be rewarded on World Environment Day - June 5, 2016.
Tata Steel organizes rally for ‘No use of plastic’
Tata Steel’s Urban Services, CSR division is taking an initiative toward awareness building on ‘No use of plastic’. The aim is to improve the living standards of the community and to make Jamshedpur a clean, green and pollution free city.
A rally was organized as a part of this awareness campaign on Monday, May 30, 2016. The rally was flagged off by Mr Srikant Kumar Pati, Chief, Environment Management, Tata Steel from Baridih Community Centre. About 200 people gathered for this noble cause. A Door-to- Door Campaign was also done to interact with the people residing in these areas for non-usage of polythene bags and alongside, cloth bags were distributed.
Mr G M Sharan, Head, Special Projects, CSR was also present. The dignitaries present also planted trees at the community center.
The rally was organized as a part of the ongoing World Environment Day campaign initiative by Tata Steel’s Environment Department.
Sukinda Chromite Mine of Tata Steel Launches “Snakes Are Friends” Campaign on World Forestry Day
Snake Helpline of Bhubaneswar to assist this awareness campaign on snakes

This is part of a series of activities to contribute towards National Biodiversity Targets

Sukinda, March 21, 2016: Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) of Tata Steel, located in Jajpur district of Odisha, launchedcampaign called “Snakes Are Friends” today, to create awareness on conservation and importance of snakes in biodiversity among school children, women Self-Help Groups (SHG) and farmers, who regularly encounter the reptiles’ infield while celebrating World Forestry Day here

Bhubaneswar based voluntary organization Snake Helpline, which works for rescue, rehabilitation of snakes, researchand helps public in peaceful co-habitation with them will provide technical expertise and train persons of Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), the CSR wing of the steel major, to carry out the campaign.

Kick starting the campaign Mr Subhendu Mallick, General Secretary and founder of Snake Helpline, who is also HonoraryWildlife Warden of Khurda district, had an interactive session on popular myths versus realities of snakes, identification of venomous and non-venomous snakes, snake-bite symptoms, first-aid, importance of snakes in biodiversity, etc. in a packed Kate Purty Auditorium at SCM township. Students of nearby schools, members of women SHGs, farmers from Sukinda and Bamnipal area of the district, Tata Steel officers, members SCM Workers’ Union, etc. attended the session. Mr Panchanan Das, the headman of the famous snake charmers’ village Padmakesharipur  near Bhubaneswar, who is now part of Mr Mallick’s team,  shared his experience as a snake charmer explaining the gimmicks they used to do to impress the spectators during their shows.

The campaign was launched in the august presence of  Dr V P Upadhaya, Director (Special), Ministry of Environment,Forest and Climate Change, (MoEF &CC) Government of India, Dr Soumya Ranjan Behera, Senior Scientist, Odisha State Bio-Diversity Board, Government of Odisha, Mr Pankaj Satija, General Manager, Operations, Ferro Alloys and Minerals Division, Tata Steel, Mr Shibojyoti Dutta, Head, Climate Change and Strategic Planning, Tata Steel and other dignitaries.

Appreciating this initiative of Tata Steel, Dr Upadhaya said, conservation of forest and species should go hand in hand and the campaign on snakes will go a long way in creating awareness among communities for peaceful cohabitation of humans and snakes.  Speaking on the occasion Mr Satija said this is a small contribution of Tata Steel towards the National Biodiversity Target number 11, which envisages by 2020, national initiatives using communities' traditional knowledge on biodiversity to be strengthened, with a view to protect this knowledge in accordance with national legislations and international obligations. Echoing his thoughts, Mr Dutta spoke at length on climate change impact, risks, afforestation strategy and the need to be equally cautious about the wild species living in one’s ecosystem.

To contribute to National Biodiversity Targets, SCM has been organising a series of similar events like Spot the Species, Leaf Identification, Green Therapy, Jaibakala Vividhata, Prajatiya Khadyotsav etc. SCM has already prepared its Biodiversity Management Planin association with international organisation International Union for Conservation of Nature( IUCN). Herpetofauna  in the mining area is an indicator of good ecosystem. Awareness programme on snakes and its importance in the eco-system is step to further the cause

For environmental performances based on proactive approach with due consideration to biodiversity management,among other things, Ministry of Mines, Government of India selected SCM, as the first mine in the country, to roll out a pilot project on Sustainable Development Framework¸ a concept proposed and promoted by the ministry for the development of culture of sustainable mining in the country in January, 2016.

Expressing his joy Mr Mallick, who has been rescuing and rehabilitating snakes throughout the state and conductingworkshops for the forest officials, said that for the first time he is being associated with such a big campaign by any corporate for awareness on snakes, which will help in changing people’s, particularly farmers’ perception about snakes and contribute towards their conservation. TSRDS, with the help from Mr Mallicks’s team, will organise series of similar awareness camps in coming days among schools, women SHGs, farming bodies in the villages of Jajapur and Dhenkanal districts.  Presently TSRDS is working with communities on various projects in 47 villages in these two districts.

About Tata Steel

Established in 1907 as Asia's first integrated private sector steel company, Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of nearly 30 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA). It is now the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence inover 50 countries. The Tata Steel Group, with a turnover of US$ 22.32 billion in FY`15, has over 80,000 employees across five continents and is a Fortune 500 Company. The Group’s vision is to be the world’s steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corporate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, its innovative approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. In 2008, Tata Steel India became the first integrated steel plant in the world, outside Japan, to be awarded the Deming Application Prize 2008 for excellence in Total Quality Management. In 2012, Tata Steel became the first integrated steel company in the world, outside Japan, to win the Deming Grand Prize 2012 instituted by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers.

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Tata Steel getsgreen nod for Rs. 1,877 cr expansion project Awareness programme organised to mark the occasion of Van-Mahotsav

~A joint effort by Tata Steel and Department of Forest & Environment, Govt. of Jharkhand, Singhbhum Division~

Van Mahotsav is an annual tree-planting festival, celebrated in the first week of July by the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India. This year, Tata Steel and Department of Forest & Environment, Govt. of Jharkhand, Singhbhum Division jointly organised a programme for awareness amongst Engineer & Apprentices at SNTI, Jamshedpur today. For past few years, Singhbhum Division Forest Office has been organising awareness campaigns at schools and colleges of Jamshedpur. However, this year the intent was to spread awareness amongst fresh Graduate Engineers/ Apprentices about the repercussions of deforestation and reckless cutting down of trees.

The "Van Mahotsav" event started off with tree plantation at SNTI premises by Mr K K Chaterjee - Regional Chief Conservator of Forest( RCCF), Singhbhum, followed by Mr Suresh Dutt Tripathi, VP, HRM, Tata Steel, Mr Satyajit Singh- Conservator of Forest ( CF) - Territorial, Jamshedpur,  Mr K Z Bhutia - DFO, Jamshedpur, Mr S K Pati - Chief, Environment, Tata Steel, Dr S K Singh, Chief, Capability Development, Tata Steel, Ms Madhulika Sharma, Chief, Infrastructure Planning & Development and Mr Shubhanand Mukesh, Head, Environment, Tata Steel.

The main function was organised at SNTI Auditorium, where Chief Guest, Mr K K Chaterjee stressed upon the significance of forest development in the present scenario vis-à-vis the industrial development. Guest of Honour, Mr Suresh Dutt Tripathi shared his thoughts on the importance of tree plantation through his childhood experiences. The forum members shared their views and lauded contribution of Tata Steel & JUSCO for greenery development in and around Jamshedpur.

Tata Steel bags the JSPCB award for Environment Protection

The Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board recognised Tata Steel for commendable work done in the area of environment protection and improvement by awarding it the prestigious 'JSPCB' award on 'World Environment Day' at a seminar organised at BNR Hotel Chanakya, Ranchi. The theme of the seminar was 'Environment Responsibility for Sustainable Development.' In keeping with its commitment towards Environmental Sustainability, the Company has adopted several best available Iron and Steel making technologies and with its signature operational improvement program KVHS, it has achieved some remarkable environmental performances and operating results. The Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) is a statutory authority to ensure proper implementation of the statutes, judicial and legislative pronouncements related to environmental protection within the state of Jharkhand.

Tata steel celebrates World Environment Day 2014

A strong supporter of environment conservation and eco-friendly practices, Tata Steel, like every year, celebrated the World Environment Day held on June 5. The Company organised a 'three-day campaign' comprising a string of activities to spread awareness about environment protection, sustenance and eco-conscious growth.  Several discussions and awareness sessions were also conducted to deliberate on ways to make operations more environment-friendly.

The official theme for this year's World Environment Day - an annual initiative of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for positive environmental action - was 'Raise your voice, not the sea-level'. The theme concerned issues such as global warming, rising sea levels, other environmental threats to small island developing nations besides environment sustenance and growth.

In Jamshedpur, the celebrations kicked off at the Steelennium Hall. To mark the occasion, Tata Steel released an E-book on environment best practices. Tata Steel also inaugurated its online internal EHSMS (Environmental, Health and Safety Management System), an audit system through GDCS followed by discussion on latest technology on Air and Water Pollution parameter monitoring and its management. Winners of the online environment quiz competition and environment best practices contest were also awarded during the function.

The celebrations spanned across various divisions of the Company. Departments like Infrastructure Planning and Development, Engineering and Projects, Environment Management, and Urban Services organised a host of other events and activities across various locations to achieve the environmental objectives.

Some of these activities were the following:-

Green and Clean Earth Rally:

To create general awareness on environmental issues across community centres and bustees, the Urban Services Department organised rally on 'Green and Clean Earth' from the Kasidih and Dhatkidih Community Centres.

Sit & Draw Competition:

A sit & draw competition was organised at the Dhatkidih Community Centre in Jamshedpur. Around 200 children from the local communities participated in the event. The children created spectacular paintings and drawing, portraying their views on saving the planet.

Tree Plantation Drive:

A mass tree plantation drive was organised by the Infrastructure and Planning department between Lime Plant and Raw Material Management office inside Works. Around 500 saplings were planted in this region during the three-day campaign; 150 saplings were planted in the Jugsalai muck dump by the Engineering and Projects department; 20 saplings were planted by the Urban Services at the R D Bhatta Community Centre.

A three-day plantation drive at Jamshedpur

IP&D with help of Raw Material Management (CSI) had organized a three-day plantation drive (5th, 6th & 7th June' 14) inside the Steel Works to celebrate the World Environment Day. A total of 677 trees / shrubs were planted on the occasion with senior management participating in the plantation programme. After the 3 mtpa expansion being completed at Jamshedpur, Tata Steel is committed to enhance the green cover inside the Steel Plant. Accordingly a record plantation of 13,000 trees was done in FY 14, which far exceeds the set target of 12000 trees. The target for FY 15 is to plant 15,000 trees.

World Environment Day 2013 at Tata Steel Zoological Park

World Environment Day or popularly known as Environmental Day is held each year on June 5 to promote awareness on the importance of preserving our biodiversity. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness on our environment and enhances political attention and action.

The theme proposed by the UN for this year's World Environment Day celebrations is Think. Eat. Save. It is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages us to reduce our footprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. So, this year's theme - Think.Eat.Save - encourages us to become more aware of the environmental impacts of our food choices.

This year's campaign rallies us to take action at our home by reducing food waste, saving money and minimising the environmental impact of food production.

To achieve the above objective, Tata Steel Zoological Park organized following activities throughout the day on June 5, 2013:

Prabhat Pheri

A walk to create awareness was flagged off by Shri P. R. Prasad, Chief Agglomerates Tata Steel at 7 AM from main zoo gate. About 100 students, volunteers, members of bird watching club and zoo personnel participated in the event. The children portrayed their pledges to save the environment through slogans and banners.

Awareness to reduce foodprint

About 50 slum children through NGO's "SANSKRITI" and ANWESA conducted a silent rally inside the zoo campus to spread the awareness on use of food in sustainable manner. Think, Eat and Save was the message conveyed to the visitors.

Prevention of use of plastics inside the zoo environment

To fulfill our goal to encourage children and general public to act green a special drive was organised inside the zoo campus in which plastic bottles/ wrappers carried by visitors were tagged with Rs.10. Paper bags were also distributed to serve packaged eatables in the paper bags.


Painting exhibition on Water Conservation

An exhibition of paintings by 50 children and amateur artists was organised at the Acharya Nandalal Bose Art Gallery, Bengal Club, Sakchi. These paintings were done during the 'Art in Nature' workshop on the theme Water Conservation held in the month of May, 2013. NGO, Anwesha also pledged for sponsoring food for Bengal Tiger 'Dona' for a period of 5 days.

World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations. It is a pledge to make earth a better place to live in.  All zoo officers, staffs, and volunteers actively participated in the event.

Tata Steel's World Environment Day Message

The theme for this year's World Environment Day is 'Think. Eat. Save'. UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted annually in the world, when one in every seven people goes to bed hungry each night and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. Food wasted by us leads to methane generation and, thereby, global warming.

As part of the World Environment Day, Tata Steel's Environment Management Division (EMD) has lined up a series of activities to ensure that we all, as responsible employees of this Company, contribute towards creating a greener planet for the next generation.

An online quiz competition on the environment is being organised on the occasion along with an essay competition. The winners will be declared and felicitated at the concluding ceremony of the event to be held on June 5, 2013 at the Steelenium Hall. The winning entries of the essay competition will be posted on the Intranet for all to read.

The EMD Team has appealed to all its employees to come to office on June 5, 2013 by car pool and use no horn while driving unless unavoidable. The Team says... "Let this be a token of individual contribution to lower emission and, thereby, a greener environment to live".

Tata Steel Thailand observes National Tree Day

Tata Steel Thailand embarked on a tree plantation drive as part of the 'National Tree Day' observance on May 17, 2013, adhering to its commitment to environment conservation.

Volunteer-executives and staff from Tata Steel Thailand led by Mr. Arun Kumar Chowdhary, Vice President, Chonburi Plant, along with community leaders and local youth visited Baan Khao Hin Primary School, Chonburi Province, and planted 300 samplings at Baan Khao Hin Community Forest.

The initiative was aimed at promoting and encouraging the Company's staff and local people to realise the value of environment conservation, and to preserve invaluable forest resources. The community forest is also a place to study and understand the ecological system of the area for the youth of Sriracha district and Chonburi province in which N T S Steel Group Plc., a subsidiary of Tata Steel Thailand, is located.

Tata Steel supplies drinking water to 12 villages

With their water sources severely depleted due to the summer season, the drinking water requirements of Bamebari and its nearby villages in Odisha, is being met by Tata Steel through tankers. Villages located in the Keonjhar district will have some respite from the acute water shortage.

Mr. Manikanta Naik, Head, Manganese Group of Mines (MGM), flagged off the initiative. Mr. Shyam Sundar Purty, Zilla Parisad Member, Keonjhar, was also present on the occasion. The initiative

would benefit 12 villages in the vicinity of Bamebari and help them tide over the drinking water crisis that they face.

Tata Steel celebrates World Environment Day at mines and collieries

Tata Steel is fully aware of the impact of its activities, products and services on the environment and its efforts at enhancing environmental sustainability is well recognised. The World Environment Day is thus an occasion for celebration at all Tata Steel operations, including the mines and collieries.

On June 5, 2012 a number of events and awareness programmes had been organised at Sijua, Jamadoba and West Bokaro collieries. At Sijua, Mr. Himanshu Shekhar, Manager HR/IR explained to employees the significance of this day since it was celebrated first in 1972. Mr. Kunal Sharan, Head, Sijua Colliery encouraged all to contribute in reducing air, water and noise pollution in order to combat the threat of global warming. Mr. Imtiyaz Ahmed Khan, President, RCMS, Sijua Colliery urged that we should preserve our resources and environment for our future generations. After this, officers, union officials and employees of Sijua colliery planted trees in the colliery premises. Nearly 500 plants were also distributed amongst the employees of Sijua colliery.

At Jamadoba Colliery the World Environment Day was observed at Pit Top Area where Mr. Pinaki Saha, Head, Jamadoba Colliery and Mr. Santosh Mahato addressed the gathering and spoke about the role of every individual in preserving the environment. Saplings were planted and distributed at different locations within the colliery. Mr. N. K. Srivastava, Sr. Manager - Safety, Mr. Santosh Mahato, Regional Secretary, RCMS, Mr. Ram Prakash Singh, President, RCMS, Jamadoba Colliery, Mr. Ajitesh David Banerjee, Manager HR/IR and other officers and employees of Jamadoba Colliery were present during the celebrations.

West Bokaro Division of Tata Steel also organised many programmes to mark the Environment Day. The day started with 'Prabhat Pheri' at 6 AM from the recreation club, Driver Hut in which senior executives, Union Officials, employees and school children participated with utmost enthusiasm. The need of the moment for clean air and water was highlighted through the slogan -  “Hamey Chahiye Shudh Hawa, Vriksha Lagao Yehi Dawa / Harit Mah ka Yeh paigaam, Ped lagana sabka Kaam”. Dr. Manoj Gupta, Sr. Manager, Environment Cell coordinated the rally.

At West Bokaro, the focus was also on the tree plantation drive started on June 1, and in 2012 the Division has set the goal of planting 75 lakh plants to reduce carbon dioxide from the environment. Like in previous years, June has been declared a “Green month” at the West Bokaro Division and several awareness programmes are organised to create a consciousness towards environment conservation.

Tata Steel takes steps to re-locate trees to facilitate greenery

The ecological impact and the aesthetic appeal that lush, healthy foliage brings to our everyday surroundings are indescribable. There requires consistent care to maintain the structural integrity and longevity of trees. However, it has been observed that under certain circumstances the available space and time is a constraint and tree re-location is an ideal solution for greenery development.

Tata Steel Works' Garden Department has mastered the technique for tree relocation inside the Steel Works and till date they have re-located 7 trees of large diameter (Peepal and Banyan) and 42 semi tree species with 85% survival rate.

Some examples of successful tree relocation are enclosed:

1. Re-located from C.R.M. area & Planted at adjoining at railway track at C.R.M. area

 

Year of re-location-2011

 

2. Re-located from Batery-10/11area & Planted at Pellet plant

 

 
 
  Pellet plant- 2012  

 

Status of re-location as on 29/5/2012 at pellet plant

 

3. Re-located from CAPAL -area & Planted at Pellet plant

 

CAPAL area from where tree re-located---2012

 

     
     

In the process of re-location

 

     

Status of re-location as on 29/5/2012 at pellet plant

 

'Green Economy' - Tata Steel's mantra for 'World Environment Day'

~ Tata Steel Spreads the Message of Change for a Green Economy~

Tata Steel today observed the World Environment Day across its operational locations. The theme for this year is 'Green Economy'. The day was flagged off at Jamshedpur's Jubilee Park by the Chief Guest Mr Akhilesh Kumar Jha (IPS), SSP, East Singbhum, and the Guest of Honor Mr AT Mishra (DFO), Dalbhum and Seraikela along with Mr Sanjiv Paul, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel.

Tata Steel launched a Compost Plant in Jamshedpur today, the first-of-its-kind plant in Jharkhand to help address the issue of climate change in the society. A host of other activities were also organized at various levels and locations - tree plantation, walkathon, inauguration of a plastic road, environment quiz, poster competition and much more. 

The event was marked by a special valedictory function to felicitate winners of various competitions organized to enliven the spirit of World Environment Day. Prior to the day, CII had organised a poster competition for the school children, which took place on May 26, 2012, at JRD Tata Sports Complex. The competition was divided into two age categories which made it easy for the judges to decide the winners, looking at the diverse age group of participants who had gathered in hundreds for the show. Also on the cards was an on-line environment quiz competition hosted by Environment Management Division, for the employees at large. The quiz was also rolled out on May 26 and continued till June 01, 2012. Each day, a winner was selected from the several entries that were electronically recorded.

Tata Steel also took the opportunity to felicitate the four cyclists who had traversed 1100 kms braving the hot sun to spread the green message. They were given tokens of appreciation by Mr Akhilesh Jha. Ms Surekha Nerurkar and Ms Srimanti Sen felicitated the winners in all categories with prizes and certificates.

Mr Akhilesh Kumar Jhacommented, "I congratulate Tata Steel for this wonderfully organized programme. The entry of corporates into the space of 'green economy' would be a remarkable step in the development of our environment and the country. We need to work towards preserving our natural resources, especially water, and JUSCO has already adopted commendable means to address the issue. It's overwhelming to see the entire city participate actively in the diverse initiatives organised by Tata Steel."

While welcoming the guests and others present, Mr Sanjiv Paul said, "Tata Steel has always adopted effective measures in improving its processes, invested in break-through technology and developed products and services that minimise negative consequences in the environmental performance of the product-cycle. While the Company operations constantly address environmental sustainability, its rural development activities have also focused on improving the green cover in the area and better water management. Waste utilisation and energy conservation have always been a major concern for us. We must all understand our responsibilities towards our succeeding generations and learn sustainable usage of our resources."

Mr Manish Sharma, Managing Director, JUSCO proposed the final vote of thanks to all present at the event and promised that JUSCO will adopt sustainable means of functioning to make this city a better place to live in. Also present on the occasion were members of CII, members of JUSCO, other senior officials of the company, office bearers and members of unions from various departments of Tata Steel.

'Green Month' begins at Tata Steel, West Bokaro

“HARIT MAH KA SAPNA KARE SAKAR, HARA BHARA PARIWESH RAHEY, LAGEY VRIKSHO KA AMBAAR”

June is observed as a Green Month in West Bokaro Division of Tata Steel every year and throughout the month several programmes are organised to create awareness for environment protection and to take initiatives against global warming.

This year 'Green Month' was launched by Mr. Sanjay Rajoria, Chief, Quarry E, HWM & Mine Planning, Tata Steel West Bokaro Division, on 1st June, by hoisting the Green Flag from Administrative Building at West Bokaro. Tata Steel has always paid serious attention to protect environment since its inception and the Company is also committed to reduce CO2 emissions with the objective of combating global warming.  It has long initiated the development of green belt cover on dumping sites and planted lakhs of saplings around West Bokaro. Mr. Sanjay Rajoria also informed that Division has plans to plant trees, which have more capacity for CO2 absorption from environment. West Bokaro also has the distinction of being the first Coal Mine in India to be given the EMS- ISO -14001 Certification. The slogan for the environment campaign is 'Ek Pead Lagao aur Baaki Pead Bachao'.

Representatives of the Environment Cell informed that this year around 90,000 thousand saplings would sprout during monsoon season, on the QA dumpsite. The Division will also celebrate World Environment Day on 5th June like every year in which 'Prabhat Pheri' and other programmes will be organised for schoolchildren to participate.

West Bokaro Division has fully mechanised eco-friendly open cast mines producing 6 MT Raw Coal per year. Among several environment awards won by the Division are Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Award, National Energy Award, National Safety Award, PM Shram Awards and OHSAS (Occupational Health, Safety Assessment Series) 18001, other than 15 prizes won in Annual Mines Safety Week-2010 and many other awards in different areas like Quality, customer orientation etc.

Mines Water Project at Sijua No. - 6 commissioned

A mines water project was commissioned by TSRDS, Jharia on 31st May 2011 in the Sijua No-6 slum at the vicinity of Sijua Colliery. This is part of the initiative to cover all the leasehold areas and pheripherial villages through piped water projects. The slum has a population of around 900 with 150 family units in it. Previously this area faced acute water crisis not only in spheres of domestic use but also for drinking purposes. Taking stock of the situation, TSRDS in consultation with the local Ward Councilor Mr. Pyarelal Mahato initiated this piped water project. The people of Sijua has appreciated this Tata Steel initiative wholeheartedly.

Greenfection spreads through Tree Plantation Drive across India

Tata Steel in association with World Wide Fund for Nature- India is organising a tree plantation drive across ten cities in India. The tree plantation programme will be led by children from schools across the country through their nature clubs. The plant a seed programme will start from second week of July.

Cities: Kolkata,  New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bhopal, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Bhubaneswar and Guwahati

World Environment Day, Camp School Pipla

TSRDS celebrated World Environment Day on 18th June at RTC Pipla along with camp school girls and SHG members. The Chief Guest of the programme was Mr. Arun Mishra, PEO Tata Steel and other guest were Mr. Debdoot Mohanty, Hony Secretary & Ms. Dilith Castleton, Hony Jt Secretary, TSRDS, Ms Shalini Kujur, PL, Empowerment, Ms Mahima Chandra, Manager and Mr. Sisir Tarafder, Unit Head, Bamnipal.

The welcome address was given by Mrs. Dilith Castleton, Hony. Joint Secretary. In her welcome note she mentioned the importance of environment and briefly mentioned the progress report of the camp school.

An art competition was organized on the environment day and the prize was distributed by the Chief Guest to the winners of the competition. Various cultural programme was carried out by the girls of camp school Pipla.

The tree was planted by the chief guest inside the school campus. The program was attended by 150 people. The women self help group have taken the initiative to plant 25000 trees in the area.


Tata Steel Zoological Park gets recognition

Recognition of the Zoological Park at Jamshedpur was required under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. This has been achieved and it is now approved by the Central Zoo Authority, Government of India, New Delhi. This has been recognized under the category of a Small Zoo. The Zoological Park in Jamshedpur serves several objectives. Among these are –

  • Identification of local species of flora and fauna.
  • Encouraging studies by researchers and students on animals and local species of plants.
  • Spreading awareness amongst people about the need to conserve biodiversity.
  • Providing a breathing space for citizens.
Jubilee Park playing a significant role in thermoregulation

As per a study, the mean temperature range of Jamshedpur city was recorded as 27.57 C to 35.72 C from January to June while the mean temperature range of the Jubilee Park varied from 22.80 C to 31.14 C. The maximum mean temperature difference was recorded (10.95 C) in March. Thus, the temperature difference between the two environments is substantial and the park area always remains cooler than the rest of the city.

Thus, the level of acceptable thermal condition for residents of the steel city may be due to the presence of The Jubilee Park. It makes the environment of Jamshedpur more endurable.

TSRDS support in Draught Prone Areas Project

TSRDS is providing the technical and motivational support for watershed activities under the Draught Prone Areas Project in Chotkidundi and Bargaon areas in West Bokaro. The activities, carried out by Chotkidundi and Kumarwarnalla watershed committees started with a simple method of soil and water conservation - the construction of gully plugs.

The flow of rainwater causes erosion of topsoil, forming gullies that go on increasing in size as erosion continues. To prevent this, barriers or plugs made of different kinds of material are arranged in the gully in series from top to bottom across the depression. The technique is inexpensive, as it only requires locally available boulders. Several meetings were organised with audio-visual aids demonstrating the benefits of these structures, especially in hilly and sloped areas. After the badly affected areas were identified the actual work was done by the stakeholders themselves with TSRDS monitoring the activities.

The project has helped to check soil erosion in more than 50 acres of land and increase farmland fertility in adjoining areas due to an increase in water availability on account of a rise in groundwater level. 

Novel H2H Technology to Conserve Energy in Steel Industry

Tata Steel's Research and Development Department has developed a novel H2H technology to generate hydrogen-rich gas by utilising the heat of molten slag. This process was demonstrated on a pilot project basis using a set-up with ten tonnes slag capacity, designed and developed in house with the help of Tata Growth Shop. The gas that was produced contained over 70 per cent hydrogen. This process is poised to be a significant step in making the steel industry cleaner and more energy efficient. Benefits of this method include:

  • The potential to generate low cost hydrogen as by-product.
  • Reduction in consumption of fossil fuels in steel plants.
  • Saving the amount of energy consumed in production of hydrogen in the chemical industry.
  • The novel H2H technology is environment-friendly and does not cause major disturbance in existing plant operations.

This project bagged the innovation award at the JRD QV Nite 2009.International and Indian patent applications have been filed and work is now in progress at the Ferro Alloys plant to optimise the process for commercialisation.

Knowledge Sharing on Environmental Impact at Jamadoba

A knowledge sharing session on Environmental impact of open cast and underground mines was held on 15th October 2009 at the conference hall, PTI, Jamadoba. Senior members of the Safety & Environment Division and other staff members of PTI and the environment cell participated in the discussion, the objective of which was to improve environment performance of the Jharia Division. Several suitable suggestions were made and some of the recommendations will be implemented to improve environmental performance after a feasibility study.

'Banomohasthab', a Tree Plantation Programme organised by TSRDS

TSRDS, Bamnipal organised a plantation programme called 'Banomohasthab' at Patana village on August 26th, 2009. As many as 400 saplings were planted in Patana Primary School campus and the community land with eager participation from local Youth Club members, Women SHG Members and school children who were appreciated for their commitment to the cause of environment. Incidentally, saplings that were planted in the previous year registered hundred percent survival rate, adding significant boost to greening initiatives in the region.

Additional Supply of Treated Water to Adarsh Nagar Colony

A new additional water softener was inaugurated on August 19, 2009 at the Bhelatand Water Treatment Plant thereby increasing its capacity from 2400 KLD to 2700 KLD. The additional water that is being treated is sent to overhead tanks in Adarsh Nagar Colony, realising a long pending requirement of supplying treated water to all the quarters in the Colony. This has been a welcome measure for all residents and also a significant step in water conservation through recycle and reuse of mine water for household purposes.

First Rose Harvest at The Centenary Rose Garden

The Centenary Rose Garden inside Jamshedpur Works celebrated the first rose harvest with a variety of Dutch rare roses on August 7, 2009. Conceptualised and initiated by Mr. H M Nerurkar, the main objective of the Centenary Rose Garden was to produce quality roses under protected conditions. The area under production in polyhouse is 560 square metres. The garden has over 3000 roses nurturing varieties like Naranga (Orange), Gold Strike (Yellow), First Red (Red) and Noblesse (Pink).

Employees' Initiative in improving Landscaping and Greenery in the Works

Tata Steel Employees had instituted a part-time task force that undertook the job of improving the landscaping and greenery along the roads inside the premises. Subsequently another a team had been formed to identify the areas inside the premises that were uncovered and in need of improvement measures to reduce fugitive dust inside the works. The team formed for implementing the recommendations completed the project in two phases on July 25th, 2009.

Steel scrap amounting 350 tonnes, that had hitherto been covered by muck was amassed as a result of the entire project. Thus, this improvement initiative not only led to the betterment of workplace environment and enhanced safety in the area but also benefited the Company through the sale of scrap worth Rs. 50 lakhs.

Plantation Drive in Peripheral Villages of Sukinda Mines

TSRDS, Sukinda has started its plantation activities in the peripheral villages to the mines. With a target of planting 13,000 saplings, 2,000 saplings have been planted in the first phase at Goramia (Siriakholi) village under Kankad Pal Gram Panchayat. Members of the Panchayat, ward members and members of the Youth Club have taken proactive roles in the plantation programme.

Fruit Bearing Trees planted in Khondbandh Mines

The Environment Department of Tata Steel organised a plantation programme at the dumping areas of the Khondbandh iron ore mine where 12,000 fruit bearing plant saplings were planted. Primarily, this would ensure considerable reduction of soil erosion in the area and help in conserving the quality of cultivable land. Incidentally, this is the first time that a beautiful park with fruit bearing has been envisioned in a mining dump area. More such programmes are on the anvil for other mining areas of the Company.

Environment Journey of Tata Steel – FY 09

In pursuit of the Company's Vision 2012, in the year 2008-09, it has focused on addressing climate change issues. Energy saving and CO2 emission reduction initiatives have given encouraging results. Tata Steel also participated in the Tata Group's initiatives for Carbon Foot Print Exercise with the help of M/s McKenzie and M/s E&Y. The Company is vigorously pursuing CDM (clean development mechanism) projects for availing carbon credit, which are awarded at various stages of approval and implementation. Tata Steel has enthusiastically participated in the Steel Task Force initiatives of the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APPCDC) under the aegis of the Ministry of Steel, Government of India.

The main reason for significant reduction in specific water pollutants and specific water consumption in FY 09 was the reduction in water losses and commissioning of wastewater recovery system at Garam Nala effluent drain. Reclamation and tree plantation measures continued at the Steel Works and other divisions of the steel company. The development of a garden in front of the H Blast Furnace and Dutch rose cultivation at the Steel Works are the unique additions to Jamshedpur Steel Works during FY '09.

Tata Steel Works upgraded its EHS Management System to OHSAS 18001:2007 and continued to maintain the ISO 14001: 2004 Standards. In FY`09, the focus was on specialised training from external agencies such as CII for OHSAS 18001:2007, E&Y for Carbon Foot Print, awareness on climate change and other environment issues on World Environment Day, June 5, 2008.

The Continuous Emission Monitoring System to be operational soon
The Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS), considered to be a tool for taking corrective measures for maintaining stack emission quality within prescribed limits, is expected to be operational at the Tata Steel Works by September 2009 in adherence to the norms of Corporate Responsibility for Environment Protection. The scope of the project includes continuous Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) Monitoring Stations at four locations, measurement of Stack Pollutant Gases and measurement of Particulate Matter. There will be a Mobile Van for monitoring AAQ and a display at the Main Entrance Gate to indicate Ambient Air Quality to the public. CEMS will also monitor the flow of works drain water at three locations. A server with CEMS software and a workstation for data monitoring have also been installed at the Works. Moreover, it will help in generating reports for submission to the Pollution Control Board.
Highlights on Environmental Awareness at Sukinda

As a part of its continuing involvement with environmental awareness, the Sukinda Division of Tata Steel organised a programme on environment and mineral awareness on December 14, 2008. The Society of Geoscientists and allied technologists had come forward to lend their expertise making sure that the event was a successful step in an ongoing process. Children from fourteen schools in Sukinda, Daitary and Jajpur Road eagerly participated in interactive learning sessions in which they were made aware of the interesting details in the process of mining including a practical, hands-on training in identifying minerals.

In order to make the programme more application oriented, there was an essay writing competition and a quiz contest held for participants in which Daitary High School emerged as champions in the group category. As students went home with newly imbibed knowledge and prizes won, Tata Steel's 'Green Business' mantra was sowed once again where it would blossom most – in the minds of the young.

Environment Management Awards for Tata Steel

Tata Steel, Sukinda has continued to capture environmental headlines for a long time and it won four prizes – two firsts and two seconds- at the Mines Environment and Minerals Conservations week in February (2nd–8th) this year. Improving water management and sedimentation methods have always taken top priority among Sukinda's many environmental initiatives and its groundbreaking innovations in this field brought for it a well-deserved first prize. The installation and use of a mechanical beneficiation facility made it a twin success. However, at the Sukinda mines, concern for mining environment and conservation of minerals is not an isolated initiative and this was again established as a fact as Sukinda was awarded two second prizes for its regular propaganda based awareness programmes and its comprehensive performance in maintaining environmental health.

The Manganese Mines of the Ferro Alloys & Mineral Division of Tata Steel was also honoured by the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) for its harmonious co-existence with nature. The Manganese Mines bagged seven group awards and two individual awards from IBM. The awards were presented to Tata Steel for its improved environmental management practices.

Dhamra Port – An Initiative In Environment Sustainability

From the very inception of the Dharma port project, Tata Steel was duly concerned with the objections raised by different environmental organizations on the grounds that it would pose a threat to the Olive Ridley Turtles, the marine and island eco-system. DPCL (Dhamra Port Company Ltd.- a 50:50 Joint Venture between Larsen & Toubro and Tata Steel) initiated its collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to conserve the turtles, study the possible environmental impact and draw up a larger environmental plan.

A team of Company Executives and environment experts visited Bhitarakanika National Park, Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary and the Dhamra Port site on February 2009, supervising the ongoing dredging operations. In order to alleviate all doubts it was agreed that an additional biological impact assessment study would be carried out in close collaboration with the NGOs by a team of scientists mutually approved. However, immediately after this, the dissenting NGO team suddenly reversed and insisted upon complete cessation of on going dredging operation of Dhamra Port even before the commencement of any study. DPCL on the other hand was ready to adjust its work schedule and took its own initiative to facilitate the study after due recommendation by the Scientists team. Subsequently a consultative workshop was arranged in Bhubaneswar from 24th to 25th Feb 2009 by IUCN and DPCL wherein nearly 60 environmental and social organisations participated. The Wild Life Institute of India, The Fisherman Association, Govt of Orissa, Winrock International were present amongst others. Participants discussed and debated scientific information and development agendas with the aim to ensure long-term security for Olive Ridley turtles and the ecosystems on which they depend. During the workshop it was categorically informed by IUCN scientists that the dredging operation for Dhamra is not affecting the nesting of Olive Ridley Turtles in The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary. Year 2009 has seen thousands of Olive Ridley Turtles seeking out their favourite breeding haven in the coast of Bay of Bengal with the lights of dharma port blinking somewhere in the distance.

"Earth Matters" – A Floral Tribute
Flowers speak many languages. At the first annual flower show held by the West Bokaro Division on January 3rd and 4th, 2009, the only message that rang out was that “Earth Matters”. The persistent efforts of this division of Tata Steel in the improvement of the local flora has recently seen result in the many and varied flowers and green plants that are grown in and around the colliery. The Flower show had been organised both as a motivational gesture and as an opportunity to recognise different horticultural initiatives and accomplishments.
A Welcome Home for Butterflies at Noamundi

The Butterfly Park established in February '09 at Noamundi as a part of the Dorabji Tata Botanical Park seeks to provide a habitat and conducive breeding environment for butterflies, which are a useful member of our eco-system and are fast disappearing.

The Butterfly Park is an oasis for sore eyes. The habitat of butterflies spread over 550 sq.ft. is a devised enclosure that strives to simulate the desired environment as closely as possible. Colourful flowering pots, terracotta models, earthen fixtures and artificial waterfalls and fountains lure even the most elusive of these creatures into the enclosure. To ensure that over 350 varieties of butterflies actually nest here, temperature control devices have been effectively installed.

Glimpses of World Environment Day - 2009

The objective of The World Environment Day (WED), June 5th, celebrations at the SATHI Community Care Centre, Bahadurpeta, Gopalpur was to create awareness on saving the environment and on environment cleanliness. The highlights were on planting more trees and saving the existing ones; and to mark the occasion, ten ornamental plants were sown by the HIV/AIDS afflicted.

Joda West Manganese Mines observed the World Environment Day (WED) at Bichhakundi Manganese Mines on the theme "Unite to combat climate change”. All the officers, supervisors, workers, partners, camp residents, members of Mahila Samiti and Self Help Groups (SHG) took part in the rally organised for the occasion.

People from Joda valley and the mine-town of Noamundi joined hands in large numbers to celebrate WED 2009 and participated in various events organised by Tata Steel. The festivity included quiz contests, art and essay competitions, auto emission checks, mass plantation, drama, Nukkad Natak, exhibition, Prabhat Pheri in its long list of informative entertainment. A grand exhibition at the Central Play Ground was the main attraction of the day's series of events. Practical demonstrations were held on safe practices and ways to eliminate hazardous acts. There was a display of personal protective equipment as well. A Community Hall, constructed by TSRDS was dedicated to the villagers in Murgabeda village, adjacent to Noamundi. Members of women's organisations, school children, employees and residents of Noamundi came together in a mass plantation of fruit bearing trees in the mine face at Kalimati Iron ore Mine.

World Environment Day Celebrations in Mines and Collieries

The World Environment Day (WED) celebrated on June 05, '09, happens to be an occasion that calls for boundless celebration at Tata Steel. Being an organisation that has always been committed to not only local issues but also to the cause of a better environment in the global perspective, The World Environment day is a big event in the Company calendar.

The WED Prabhat Pheri was a heavily attended event at the West Bokaro Division and had an appealing slogan displayed in colourful banners – “Harit maa ka yeh paigam, ped laganna sabka kaam”(it is everybody's duty to plant more trees). The focus was also on the tree plantation drive held extensively in local villages. June had been declared a “Green month” at the West Bokaro Division and awareness programmes were arranged regularly throughout the month. Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) at Jamadoba too, marked the celebrations by distributing and planting saplings along railway tracks in an effort to check dust pollution.

At the Bhelatand Colliery, apart from tree plantation, several interactive events were arranged in which children showed a lot of enthusiasm. The Jharia Division had chosen a theme on World Environment Day –“Your planet needs you”. This message was carried to the people in different programmes that focused on enhancing environmental awareness in general.