World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year to celebrate the importance of nature. It is held across the globe to remind people that nature must not be taken for granted but respected for all its values. On the occasion of World Environment Day this year, IIT Bhilai in collaboration with Nature and Healthcare Welfare Society & the Gram Panchayat of Sejbahar in Raipur conducted a plantation drive around the pond next to its transit campus.
The event began at 07:30 am in the presence of Prof Rajat Moona, Director of IIT Bhilai, Dr Padam Jain, Smt Anita Sahu(Sarpanch, Sejbahar), and Mrs Rajni Moona. The institute aims to restore the natural beauty of the area and has planned to plant more than 250 saplings. The plantation drive focuses on the sustainability of plant and wildlife, and to ensure this, a metal tree guard is provided for each of the saplings. In order to simultaneously foster a culture of responsibility towards nature, each of the trees have been adopted for conservation by the institute and the Sejbahar village.
Shri Virendra (CEO, Janpat Panchayat, Dharsiva), Shri Satish Kothari, Shri Ashish, Ms. Divya and Gram Panchayat members of Sejbahar along with faculty and staff members of IIT Bhilai actively participated in the event. The initiative also saw participation of nature lovers from Raipur who supported this novel intent of increasing the green cover around the beautiful GEC campus of Sejbahar.
The preparations for the tree plantation drive were diligently carried out by Mr. Devi Prasad Sarangi and Administration Department of IIT Bhilai. While the event was very well attended, everyone present adhered to all the Covid-19 Safety protocols, making it a great success.