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Tata Steel inaugurates rejuvenated CRM Bara Pond

Jamshedpur, August 28, 2020

As part of its commitment to biological diversity, Tata Steel has rejuvenated the CRM Bara Pond at Jamshedpur, which was virtually inaugurated today by T V Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel in the presence of Sudhansu Pathak, Vice President, Steel Manufacturing, Tata Steel, R Ravi Prasad, President, Tata Workers’ Union and the employees of Tata Steel. Rituraj Sinha, Chief Corporate Administration, Tata Steel, set the context of the programme. This was followed by the unveiling of the virtual plaque by T V Narendran.

In his address, T V Narendran CEO & MD, Tata Steel, said: “The CRM Bara Pond Rejuvenation Project is a perfect example of creating value from waste. It is a beautiful area with flora and fauna with rainwater harvesting facility. As responsible corporate, it is also important to do industrial development in harmony with the community and the ecosystem.  Projects like these reflect our continued commitment towards community, ecosystem and biodiversity.”

Sudhansu Pathak, Vice President, Steel Manufacturing, Tata Steel, shared his views on this project and said: “The CRM Bara rejuvenated pond is synonymous with sustainability, greenery and biodiversity. The newly built pond will not only aid in rainwater harvesting but will also recharge the ground water table. The lush green ambiance will attract migratory birds and will also act as a breeding ground for local species of birds and insects. This particular initiative is a testimony to the fact that manufacturing units can co-exist in an eco-friendly environment.”

Sharing his thoughts, R Ravi Prasad President, Tata Workers’ Union, and the employees of Tata Steel said, “Tata Steel is committed toward building a sustainable tomorrow and the CRM Bara rejuvenated Pond is an example of this commitment. Plantation of more than 5000 saplings will not only enrich the biodiversity quotient but will also improve the green cover of the area.”

Spread over 14 acres, the CRM Bara Pond rejuvenation project was completed in a record time of one year. Earlier CRM Bara Pond consisted of one large and two small water bodies that were fast vanishing. The large water bodies that had disappeared are now cumulatively a scientifically designed reservoir with a capacity to accumulate 82,000 cubic meters of water. The ground water table in the region has started rising with project implementation, thus controlling the depletion of the ground water table. Planting of more than 5000 saplings has enhanced the green canopy in the area attracting birds and butterflies to the pond and the thriving population of fish has started attracting migratory birds as well. The clean and green environment is not only adding to the beauty of the area but it is also helping in conserving the biodiversity and promoting sustainable development. It is now an area with a beautiful pond surrounded by flora and fauna.

Notably in October 2018, Tata Steel had set-up a Tertiary Treatment Plant at its Bara Sewage Treatment Plant, thereby making Jamshedpur the first city in India to recycle 100% of its waste water.  The Company is committed to its environmental responsibilities and accordingly, the facility will help prevent river pollution from domestic effluents.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $19.7 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2020.

A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel was recognised as DJSI steel sector leader in 2018 and has ranked fourth in the steel sector in 2019. Besides being a member of the worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant - a first in India, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, received the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the National CSR Awards 2019, Steel Sustainability Champion 2019 by worldsteel, CII Greenco Star Performer Award 2019, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2020 from Ethisphere Institute, and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, among several others.

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Kulvin Suri

Chief, Corporate Communications-India & SEA

Tata Steel