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ON A MISSION: Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao and GVMC Commissioner B. Sridhar participating in the beach cleaning drive in the city on Friday.
ON A MISSION: Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao and GVMC Commissioner B. Sridhar participating in the beach cleaning drive in the city on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Various programmes mark the World Environment Day in city

Hotel Green Park distributes saplings to guests

Beach-cleaning drive organised

VISAKHAPATNAM: The World Environment Day was celebrated here on Friday with several Government and private organisations conducting programmes emphasising the need to preserve environment. A beach cleaning drive and awareness walk was jointly organised by Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation and Pollution Control Board at the beach road. The walk was flagged off by Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao. Later, he along with GVMC Commissioner B. Sridhar participated in the beach cleaning drive by collecting waste articles lying on the sand.

Hotel Green Park celebrated the day by distributing saplings to their guests. WelcomHotel Grand Bay conducted a host of programmes to mark the occasion. An awareness drive was held at the hotel. Pamphlets highlighting environmental issues were distributed in the neighbouring areas, pin flags were distributed to the staff and guests, a painting contest was organised for the staff and ‘Eco Walk The Talk’ was conducted at Kambalakonda Eco-tourism Park for the staff members. Saplings of medicinal plants were planted in collaboration with Sri Sai Agri Bio Labs Pvt. Ltd. The Gateway Hotel on the beach road organised planting, poster and photo essay and other competitions on the occasion, and administered an oath to save the Earth.

World Environment Day was celebrated in Dr. V.S. Krishna Govt. Degree and P.G. College. Prof. K. Kameswara Rao who was the chief guest on the occasion addressed the gathering and stressed the need for audit on electrical consumption in the college and the need to promote cleanliness and greenery. College principal Dr. J.V.S. Murthy presided over the function.

Visakhapatnam Steel Plant observed World Environment Day with a function at Training and Development Centre auditorium on Friday. CMD P.K. Bishnoi was the chief guest and senior environment engineer of AP Pollution Control Board was the guest of honour. Bhaskar Rao appreciated the efforts of VSP in controlling carbon emission and discharge of effluents and requested that efforts must be made for zero emission and zero discharge. Umesh Chandra, Director (Operations) enunciated the steps being taken by VSP in the direction of zero discharge and zero emission.

Bala Vikas Foundation planted saplings on the child labour school premises at fishing harbour in connection with World Environment Day. Chairman of SKML Trust Board V. Sanyasi Raju who was the chief guest on the occasion spoke on various environmental problems. Secretary of BVF Narava Prakasa Rao was present.

The Andhra Petrochemicals Ltd., Visakhapatnam, celebrated the day by organising a tree plantation programme by the employees. Senior executives of the company participated in the programme.

World Environmental Day was observed in Coromandel Fertilisers Ltd., Visakhapatnam unit, by plantation of saplings on the plant premises by officials of AP Pollution Control Board and Plant Managers of the company as part of green-belt development. Speaking on the occasion, General Manager-Manufacturing G.S.N. Reddy said that the company spent Rs.50 crores last year on pollution control and environment friendly measures.

Asst. General Manager-Safety, Health and Environment department said that the environmental management system that was implemented in the plant contributed in inculcating more awareness among the employees. Jt. Chief Environmental Engineer, APPCB Zobal Office N.V. Bhaskara Rao said that public awareness on pollution had increased and industries and societies have to live in peaceful co-existence.

HPCL-Visakh Refinery observed the day by conducting slogan and cartoon competitions.

The winners were given away CFL lamps as prizes. Its Executive Director PAB Raju gave a message reiterating the Refinery’s commitment to improve environment management. Free distribution of samples to employees was conducted by General Manager-Projects RMN Marar. HPCL’s Millenium Outlet at Siripuram Junction observed World Environment Day by conducting a tree plantation drive under the supervision of station in-charge K. Chandrasekhar.

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