‘Mankind cannot survive without forests’
Udhagamandalam: Youth should be exposed to the wonders of nature, said the Project Director, Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) C. Samayamoorthy here on Friday. He was flagging off an eco-awareness tour facilitated by the HADP in which fifty students from the Government Higher Secondary School, Dhavani participated. Pointing out that the main objective of organising such activities for school children particularly from the rural areas was to familiarise them with the forest eco system, he said that the knowledge gained would be of considerable help to the society. If they shared their knowledge with others posterity would benefit. He urged the students to create awareness among the people about the consequences of air, water and noise pollution. The honorary wildlife warden P. Kandasamy said that sans forests mankind cannot survive. Deforestation and degradation of forests were the root cause of many problems. Though this hill station was in many ways a ‘hell’ station, its outskirts still retained their pristine beauty, he said. The Tourist Officer A.Venugopal said that the tour provided a chance for the village students to visit Avalanchi and nearby places. The release of tourist guide maps of Ooty and the Nilgiris by Mr. Samayamoorthy marked the occasion.