Tamil Nadu Environment Council’s troupe performs across the State to create awareness

With the objective of creating environmental awareness and the importance of protecting water and water sources, a troupe of artistes is carrying out an awareness campaign all the way from Kanyakumari to Chennai by putting up plays.

Organised by Tamil Nadu Environment Council (TNEC), their main demand is the creation of a separate Ministry solely for water and water resources protection.

This ministry should supersede other departments that deal with water resources and should control development and management of forests, rivers, tanks, and other related issues, the Council demanded.

The campaign reached Madurai on Thursday with the awareness programmes staged at three places – Periyar Bus Stand, Fatima College and Vadipatti, from where the troupe proceeded towards Dindigul.

The awareness programme also included a signature campaign with the Principal of Fatima College, A. Fatima, becoming the first person in Madurai district to sign. Around 5,000 students of the college also affixed their names to the campaign.

Addressing a function organised at the college premises, she lauded this initiative and said that students would benefit immensely from such programmes.

C.J. Rajan, State Co-ordinator, Citizen’s for Human Right Movement, said that three such troupes were taking part in this campaign. While this one was focussing on the plains, the remaining two were campaigning in the hills and coasts respectively.

While the campaign had reached 35,000 persons so far, their target was two lakh. Launched on October 19th at Kanyakumari, all three troupes would converge at Chennai on October 29th.

The function was followed by a ‘tappattam’ performance through which the artistes highlighted the importance of water and water resources.