SECMC-HANDS to plant 20,000 trees under Thar Million Tree Program
MITHI: In a major push for increasing green cover, Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) has announced a collaboration with HANDS Pakistan for the plantation of 20,000 saplings across Tharparkar. In this connection, a memorandum of understanding was signed between SECMC and Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) Pakistan on Thar Coalfield near Islamkot on Thursday whereby SECMC will provide 20,000 plants to HANDS to increase the greening factor across Thar. The collaboration has been done under the larger Thar Million Tree Program initiative of SECMC and Thar Foundation which plans to plant one million trees in Thar. With the current agreement, the total count of trees stands around 800,000. The agreement was signed by Ahmed Muneeb, Head of Site Operations of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company and Abdul Karim, Executive Manager HANDS Pakistan. As per collaboration between SECMC and HANDS, the different types of plants provided will be indigenous to Tharpakar while out of the 20,000 plants, approximately 10,000 plants will be planted in Thar Block II. SECMC and HANDS Pakistan will also be responsible for the continuous monitoring and supervision of these plants across the areas of the plantation. Speaking on the occasion, Ahmed Muneeb of SECMC said that the company was vigorously working for making the clean and green environment in district Tharparkar and specifically Thar Block II. He further elaborated, “We attach great importance to health, safety, and environment (HSE) initiatives.