The Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala launched a coastal clean-up drive on the academy premises on Sunday as part of the environmental awareness activities initiated by the Naval community in the academy on the World Environment Day on June 5.

As part of the drive, a large number of uniformed and civilian defence personnel along with their family members participated in the voluntary work to clear the seven km long beachfront. It was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, Commandant of the INA.

Commodore Rajiv Choudhry, Station Commander at Ezhimala and other senior Naval officers were also present on the occasion.

The environment awareness activities at the INA included the screening of a documentary, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, on June 5. It was followed by a series of lectures on environment-related issues, a release issued by the INA here said. A tree-plantation drive was also undertaken on the occasion, the release said adding that over 400 mango trees were planted.

The afforestation efforts and the planting of 1000 coconut saplings at the INA campus would further enhance the environment protection measures of Ezhimala, the release added.

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