A 120 MW captive power plant is being set up fully utilising blast furnace gas and adopting latest technologies for environmental protection and pollution control.

Various industries in the city on Wednesday highlighted the initiatives taken by them for maintaining ecological balance and administered a pledge among the employees to protect the environment.

Plantation of saplings and holding of rallies to create awareness on environment marked the day’s programmes during World Environment Day celebrations.

RINL Chairman-cum-Managing Director A.P. Choudhary highlighted the need to focus on new technologies, promote sustainable development, 100 per cent utilisation of the wastes generated, be it solid, liquid or gaseous wastes, effective utilisation of company’s land wealth through afforestation to enhance the biological productivity and substitution of energy requirements through the renewable energy route.

Mr. Choudhary said another major environmental initiative taken by RINL was setting up a 120 MW captive power plant fully utilising the blast furnace gas and added that RINL had adopted latest technologies for environmental protection and pollution control right from the beginning.

NTPC Simhadri

NTPC-SIMHADRI celebrated World Environment Day with great zeal. Residents of Deepanjalinagar participated in a Green Walk around the township to improve awareness about the environment protection. General Manager in-charge Balaji Iyengar administered the environment pledge to the employees.

General Manager (O&M) S. Narendra conveyed the Director (Operations)’s message on the occasion. Employees planted saplings on the stadium premises. A lecture was organised on reviving traditional food culture by AU environment profesor K. Kameswara Rao.

HPCL refinery

HPCL Visakh Refinery celebrated the day by conducting slogan, essay and cartoon contests to bring about awareness among employees on environment.

Saplings, pocket booklets, guides and posters were distributed among employees towards promoting a clean and green environment.

In his message, Executive Director V.V.R. Narasimham highlighted the theme for this year – think, eat and save – and emphasised the need for contributing towards environmental protection by avoiding food wastage as wastage of food leads to an enormous drain on natural resources and contributes to negative environmental impacts.

Vizag Port

Visakhapatnam Port Trust initiated a tree plantation in the port area as part of green belt development. Prof. S. Ramakrishna Rao, chairman, Environment Monitoring Committee of VPT and K. Ramachandra Rao, Chief Engineer planted saplings along with Heads of Departments and others.

Gangavaram Port

Gangavaram Port took up a plantation in the port area as part of green belt development. The programme was attended by Gajuwaka MLA .Ch. Venkata Ramaiah along with District Collector V. Sheshadri, GVMC Commissioner M.V.Satyanarayana, VUDA Vice-Chairman N. Yuvaraj, APPCB Joint Chief Environment Engineer K.V. Rao and others attended.

VUDA Action plan

Action plans would be formulated and implemented to make the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region (VMR) eco-friendly, VUDA Vice-Chairman N. Yuvaraj has said.

Participating in the “Clean and Green” programme at VUDA Park, he said VUDA would play a proactive role in safeguarding environment.

VUDA has taken up plantation of 5,000 saplings at its layouts and other places on the day.

The Vice-Chairman along with officials and staff and members of the Seashore Walkers Club cleaned the phase-I area of VUDA park. Later, saplings were planted.

Dr. Yuvaraj and VUDA officials planted saplings in VUDA layout in Survey No 108 near the Harita Housing project in Madhurawada.

VUDA, apart from taking up regular plantation programmes at all its layouts, housing projects and tourist destinations, was playing a crucial role in implementation of the Green Visakha Project with a goal of planting 40 lakh saplings, the Vice-Chairman said. Public participation is also invited to make the project fruitful.