MARG JOINS HANDS WITH THE 'GREEN KALAM' INITIATIVE
~Plants 25,000 saplings at MARG Swarnabhoomi~
~Part of a mammoth green drive to plant 1 million saplings in Tamil Nadu ~
~ Padmashri recipient, Actor Vivek and other dignitaries join this 'green mission'~
Chennai, September 30, 2011: MARG Ltd., one of the leading infrastructure companies in India today announced its association with the inspiring 'Green Kalam' movement, a mega environment friendly initiative undertaken to plant 1 million saplings across Tamil Nadu. As an environmentally responsible corporate, MARG today planted 25,000 saplings at MARG Swarnabhoomi. This is not just a onetime contribution to this noble cause but MARG, in the process, is carrying forward its vision of planting 1.5 lakh saplings at MARG Swarnabhoomi and MARG Karaikal port.
Present as the chief guest of the occasion was the noted Kollywood actor and Padmashri recipient, Vivek. The ceremony was inaugurated by Dr. V Ponraj, scientific advisor to Dr. Abdul Kalam. Other distinguished guests who graced the occasion were Dr. Mannar Jawahar, Vice Chancellor, Anna University, Dr. Tri Shakti Sundar Raman, Chairman Tri Shakti Group, Dr. MB Nirmal, Founder and Chairman, ExNoRa.
Commenting on this initiative, Mr. GRK Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, MARG Ltd. said, "The world today is facing the hazards of global warming and it is becoming increasingly essential to adapt to green initiatives aggressively. The eco-system at MARG Swarnabhoomi hinges on its green and pristine environment and it is only apt that MARG Swarnabhoomi becomes a key component in the 'Green Kalam' initiative. Last year we had a Mahayagnam of tree plantation at MARG Swarnabhoomi which was highly successful and I feel privileged that this year too, we are taking green initiatives at MARG Swarnabhoomi, the unique city of education, research, innovation, industry and living. I wish the 'Green Kalam' team all the success. We assure him of our full fledged support towards this noble cause."
The Green Kalam plantation exercise will continue in full earnest till Jan 26th, 2012 when it is proposed that Dr Kalam will plant the 'millionth sapling" that will signify the fructification of this program's mammoth objective and a successful endeavour.
The presence of Dr. V Ponraj, Scientific advisor to Dr. Abdul Kalam was a source of inspiration to this plantation exercise as this Green Kalam initiative is based on the vision of Dr. APJ Kalam to make this world a greener place for future generations to benefit.
Actor Vivek who has taken the mantle on himself to carry forward this vision of Dr Kalam added, "The benevolent side of Dr. Kalam has always been an inspiration. Whether it be his drive towards educating the youth of today and the future of tomorrow or this green initiative, his vision towards our country has always been very encouraging and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate MARG and Mr. GRK Reddy on their active participation in this initiative."
The neighboring community, residents at MARG Swarnabhoomi, students of MIDAS, MARG Navajyothi Vidyalaya and a host of visitors and invitees participated in the noble plantation initiative. Adding colour to this exercise were hundreds of school children from nearby villages. Given Dr Kalam's love for children, it was befitting that they participate in his vision.
MARG Swarnabhoomi has already been shortlisted as Indian Green Building Council's pilot project for the first Platinum rated city and it will only go greener from here on.
ABOUT MARG SWARNABHOOMI:
MARG Swarnabhoomi, the flagship project of MARG is being developed as an inclusive and integrated new paradigm city based on the principles of new urbanism with unique offerings for education, research, innovation, industry & living. This integrated city will house a R&D hub and an innovation led futuristic Science Park supported by an educational, commercial and residential framework. MARG Swarnabhoomi has been designed to be an aspirational habitat based on the principles of 'new urbanism' where Education, Research and Innovation will coexist in a stress free atmosphere.
Christened as the "Land of New Thinking"- the global city of education, research and innovation that brings together educational institutions, manufacturing & research companies, IT services firms, housing and healthcare facilities all under one roof. It has already roped in several companies including the likes of Grundfos India, Polyhose, Van Spall Associates, Virgo, Sumeet Machines and TVS Kwikpatch in the engineering category. Strand Bioprocesses and Micro Therapeutics Research labs have been tied up in the Research & Innovation domain.
MARG Swarnabhoomi has also partnered with Virginia Tech, the U.S. based university to setup a campus. Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) and MARG NavajyothiVidyalaya are already operational. MARG Swarnabhoomi has been shortlisted by IGBC as a pilot project for "Platinum" rated city in India. This is a unique rating system by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and MARG Swarnabhoomi is privileged to get be IGBC's pilot project for the first Platinum rated city in India.
MARG Limited (BSE: 530543), incorporated in 1994 and headquartered in Chennai, is an infrastructure, real estate development and services company. The Company is listed on BSE and MSE and its shares are traded on the NSE under the category of 'Permitted Security'. The holistic regional development undertaken by the group is unlocking economic prosperity and creating inclusive & sustainable growth models.
With nearly two decades of reassuring presence and the credit of pioneering the development of economic growth centers, MARG's portfolio spans across the entire infrastructure value chain - urban and industrial infrastructure, urban residential clusters, marine infrastructure & services, malls and EPC division. The group is on an expansion mode in various sectors such as airport projects in Bellary & Bijapur and multi-level car park projects, fishing harbor at Mahe etc,. Listed by Dun & Bradstreet among "India's Top 500 Companies 2010", today MARG Group has nationally prestigious projects worth more than Rs. 3000 crores under execution including the building of marine and cooling structures for the Bhavnagar Electricity Corporation, a seasoned human capital of more than 1000, global partners in the infra space and offices spread across India, Singapore and China. The MARG CSR brand – MARG Parivarthan complements these business verticals. More information on MARG is available on http://www.marggroup.com
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