January 30, 2018

Tata Power organises swimming competition to raise awareness about the mighty Mahseer

Mumbai: Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company, has been relentlessly working towards preserving the biodiversity and conserving the mighty Mahseer through its ‘Act for Mahseer’ movement. In line with this spirit of conservation, and to raise awareness around the co-relation between the Mahseer’s survival and clean water, Tata Power organised a swimming competition titled ‘Swim for Mahseer’ for Club Enerji students at its Olympic-size pool at Chembur, Mumbai.

Recognising the immense value that school children can bring to the ‘Act for Mahseer’ movement, Tata Power organised the swimming competition to effectively propagate the message of interdependence of various environmental elements. The event was graced by the presence of Taranath Narayan Shenoy, an honouree of the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri. About 120 Club Enerji students between the age group of 10 to 12 years representing 16 schools across Mumbai participated in the competition. Held at Tata Power Trombay’s 8 lane Olympic standard swimming pool, the participants were divided into 4 categories - 50M freestyle for girls and boys respectively, and 4x50M freestyle relay for girls and boys respectively.

Commenting on this initiative Anil Sardana, CEO and managing director, Tata Power, said, “Tata Power, has always been proactive in its approach towards preserving and conserving biodiversity. Through the ‘Act for Mahseer’ movement, we are trying to get as many people enrolled in collaborating with us to save an endangered species of Mahseer fish. Since children are the future of our nation and, I believe, educating and sensitising one child is equivalent to sensitising four adult. We believe they will carry our messaging of ‘Save Mahseer’ widely. We would like to thank each and every student for participating in the ‘Swim for Mahseer’ competition and congratulate the winners on a great performance. As always, we will continue to undertake similar initiatives in the future to encourage and educate children on biodiversity conservation through engaging programs.”

Soham Athalye, Yashodham High School; Prithvi Poojary, St. Xavier’s High School; and Sarthak Raut, Dav High School were crowned as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winner of the boys 50M freestyle. Neermita Bhattacharya, Queen Mary High School; Khyati Gholap, Yashodham High School; and Bhargavi Narkar, Queen Mary High School, were crowned as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winner of the girls 50M freestyle. In the 4x50M freestyle relay for girls, Queen Mary High School, Nalanda Public High School, and Lokmanya Tilak High School were crowned as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners. While, DAV Public High School, Lokmanya Tilak High School, and Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania High School were crowned as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners of the boys 4x50M freestyle relay.

The survival of the magnificent Mahseer- one of the 20 mega fishes of the world- is important. With its success, we will have taken one more step towards preserving our eco-system. Tata Power has taken up the conservancy programme of the Mahseer in the right earnest and has trained about 300 fishery scientists till date to further continue conservation efforts. With its ‘Act for Mahseer! Pledge’, the company gives citizens an opportunity to join the national conservation movement and making a difference through their individual efforts by signing up here.