Central East African Railways (Cear) has said it remains committed to ensuring that its operations do not harm the environment.
Cear Environmental Analyst Constance Utsale said the company has a number of quality monitoring programmes to guard against air and water pollution along its rail network.
Utsale made the remarks on Saturday at Majete Game Reserve during celebrations to commemorate World Environment Day which falls on June 5 every year.
“As a railway operator, we are committed to being environmentally sustainable in the rail industry. So this tour to Majete was organised to instill an environmental
awareness and responsible culture among our staff in order to incorporate in our operations efforts of conserving the environment,” Utsale said.
He said Cear is doing everything possible to conserve the environment by preventing pollution and reducing emissions and noise and vibration caused by trains.
“Considering that our trains pass through wildlife, we analyse the air through air monitoring programmes that are set in areas where the trains are passing through so that the emissions are being emitted into the environment which are tolerant to the environment and the people that are living along our rail network. We also have water quality monitoring programmes [reserves] at Shire River Bridge and Rivi Rivi River,” she said.
This year’s World Environment Day was observed under the theme, “Connecting People to Nature”.
The day was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 as one way of reminding people to connect with nature.