Karaikal, February 22, 2011
The “Industrial Garden” of Chemplast Sanmar at Karaikal was awarded the 1st prize at the 16th Annual Flower Show held here. Experts from the Agriculture Department and the Karaikal College of Agriculture, adjudged Chemplast Sanmar’s spread of green around their plant as the best in the “Industrial Garden” category. The annual event recognizes individuals, households, farmers and industries for their efforts at greening their surroundings.
Speaking about the challenges towards this success, S Palaniappan, Plant Head, Karaikal explained that the main difficulty was in working with the salty soil, especially since the tsunami. “While Karaikal is an agricultural belt, the soil in Keezhavanjoor is salty post-tsunami. The judges were able to appreciate the additional efforts that have gone in, to set up and maintain the garden.”
The Karaikal plant of Chemplast, which has a green belt of over 16 acres, also houses over 3500 trees. The support and active participation of the local community, has helped in the process. Chemplast acknowledges the support of the local community and traditional know-how with the organization’s will and inclination towards the cause of environment, which has helped in the task of dealing with a difficult terrain. The casuarinas and Korean grass, a welcome sight at the plant, are testimony to these efforts.
Chemplast has won this recognition from the Puducherry Government, several times in the past few years. This is the 7th time that they are receiving an award in this category.
Chemplast Sanmar Ltd., a part of The Sanmar Group, is one of the largest PVC manufacturers in India. Committed to its vision of “Integrity and Excellence”, The Sanmar Group has been taking various efforts towards protecting the environment, besides its principles of zero-liquid-discharge to safeguard against pollution. Chemplast Sanmar, Mettur recently received two awards for zero-liquid discharge while Flowserve Sanmar was commended for environment health and safety by CII. By receiving an award for its “Industrial Garden” now at Karaikal, Chemplast has reinforced its commitment towards the environment, yet again.