LIOC planting shade trees near its sheds in ‘Go Green’ initiative

Lanka IOC last week launched a ‘Go Green’ initiative under which it will plant 10 trees at each of its 150 petrol and diesel retail outlets in the country, the company announced.

This project involves enlisting the support of 1,500 school children from low income families who will be paid for watering and caring for the saplings till they are fully grown.

Some 1,500 shade trees will be planted over the next three months with 1,500 children from selected schools enlisted to ensure that they are established.

For every tree planted, LIOC will open a bank account in the name of a deserving child selected by the respective school and deposit Rs.100 per month into each such account with the beneficiary responsible for caring for a tree.

LIOC said that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Forest Department were partners in this project with the Forest Department supplying the saplings that are being planted.

The tree planting project was formally inaugurated at Hemamalee Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo 10, with Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and LIOC Managing Director K.R. Suresh Kumar participating.

The Forest Department has selected a variety of trees to be planted on the basis of soil and climate conditions in the different areas. Each such tree will be protected by a guard made from a half-barrel provided by the company to ensure its safety until it is big enough to withstand normal damage.

The company said that officers in charge of LIOC retail outlets will be responsible for monitoring activities relating to this project to ensure that the trees grow well and also see that the children caring for the trees are making progress in their education.

LIOC is an overseas venture of Indian Oil Corporation Limited, a Fortune 500 company ranked 105 in the magazine’s global 500 listing for last year.

LIOC PLC is a limited liability company listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange importing and distributing standard and branded petrol, diesel, marine fuel, lubricants and bitumen.

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