Pollution Control Board and The Hindu organise Environment Day rally
Irresponsible and overexploitation of natural resources is leading to inequitable distribution of precious sources like water, energy and petroleum products leading to rampant pollution all over the country, which needs to be corrected through awareness, said Krishna district Collector S.A.M. Rizvi.
Formally flagging off an Environment Day Rally organised by Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board in association with The Hindu from Benz Circle to Executive Club in the city on Tuesday, Mr. Rizvi said that inclusive development was the key to reducing pollution and wanted disproportionate use of plastics and energy curbed and make the globe a better place to live. The Regional Environmental Engineer S. Venkateswaralu was present on the occasion. The District Collector wanted people to become responsible citizens and also help children learn the risks of misuse of the natural resources or excess use of pesticides.
Before flagging off the rally, the Collector released a pictorial book ‘Jana Sandram Jala Bhadram' (Ocean of People - Conserve Water) designed and published by Deputy Director of Groundwater Department A. Varaprasada Rao to bring awareness among people on conservation of water. The book contains 150 pictures shot by lensmen of The Hindu and Enaadu dailies. School and college children, walkers, men, women, staff of several hospitals, Active Bicyclers' Association members, participated in the 2-k.m. walk shouting slogans wearing T-shirts with several green slogans and wearing caps drawing attention of people going to offices and colleges on the National Highway No.5.
Use of plastics
The Regional Environmental Engineer said that reduction of use of plastics was the key to protecting the environment in the cities so that water could percolate into the groundwater table and run-off gets reduced.
About 500 people participating in the rally enjoyed every moment with folk artists dancing to drum beats, singing songs that bring awareness on several environmental issues.
The Regional Environmental Engineer addressed the gathering at the Executive Club where folk artists entertained the students and the old people with parodies of several popular Telugu film songs.