He addresses meet jointly held by The Hindu and Element School of Visual Arts
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VIJAYAWADA: Municipal Commissioner P. S. Pradyumna said on Friday that Vijayawada was marching ahead of other cities in addressing several challenges to environment by taking up such initiatives as energy saving, energy audit, improvement of public transportation and so on.
He said bins would be arranged at a distance of every 100 metres to discourage the habit of throwing litter on the streets, while plans were afoot to take up a project to recycle the waste generated every day in the city.
The Commissioner was addressing a well-attended public meeting organised by The Hindu, in association with the Element School of Visual Arts, at the ongoing exhibition at Swaraj Maidan on the occasion of World Environment Day.
The evening came to life with a captivating ballet presented by the children of Navajeevan Bal Bhavan, who depicted how simple things could make a difference to the protection of environment. A power point presentation made by Jaidev of Element School of Visual Arts on climate change and the threat it poses to the very existence of cities across the globe, including Vijayawada, vividly brought home the message of the day: “Your planet needs you, UNite to combat climate change”.
Emphasising the importance of self discipline in protection of environment, Mr. Pradyumna observed in a lighter vein that people tend to express great concern over the developments that happen away from their home or city because they would not have to do anything about them.
He gave a few tips to avoid pollution and keep the city clean. If one maintained his vehicle properly, he or she could turn off the engine when traffic signal turned red.
This would reduce pollution and consumption of petrol. The VMC was implementing the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project to discourage use of personal vehicles and improve the public transportation in general.
District Forest Officer (Social Forestry) Y. Chalapathi Rao stressed the need for developing and protecting the forest cover to save the planet.
Stating that it was mandatory to have 33 per cent green cover, he said Krishna district had only 7.53 forest cover. In view of the fact that the district had thick population density and fewer government lands, social forestry could be one of the solutions for rejuvenating the forest cover.
Arboretum, Smrithivanalu, Karthikavanalu could be developed for recouping the depleting green cover.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences in Acharya Nagarjuna University A.V.V.S. Swamy highlighted the need for judicious use of natural resources in view of the fact that the natural resources remained constant despite population explosion.