Wants a bus rapid transit system for the city
Chennai: Pasumai Thayagam, a voluntary organisation, launched a campaign on Monday, World Environment Day, to urge the State Government to conceive solutions to traffic and transportation problems in the city.
It has drafted an appeal to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to increase the number of Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses from 2,773 to 5,000 and put in place a bus rapid transit system.
Pedestrian footpaths, free of encroachments, and safety for cyclists are also required for "sustainable transport" systems, it said.
Thousands of `appeal forms' have been printed and will be circulated to residents of every ward in the city, said Pasumai Thayagam State secretary E. Arul.
The signed copies will be despatched to the Chief Minister. A. K. Moorthy, MP, was among the first to sign the appeal. He also distributed copies to the public.
The Department of Environment will organise an online quiz contest on `deserts and desertification' the theme for this year's Environment Day from June 7 to 30 for school students of class VIII to XII.
Any student from the State can participate by logging on to www.envis.tn.nic.in.
Questions will cover general information from books and newspapers. The top three participants will be given cash awards and certificates. Dr.Agarwal's Eye Hospital and Nehru Yuva Kendra jointly conducted an awareness walk to stress the importance of protecting the environment. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Adyar) P.Krishnan flagged off the rally, which was along the Marina. About 250 youth participated in the rally and took a pledge to protect the environment.
The day was observed by the Airports Authority of India at the Chennai Airport when saplings were planted by the AAI, the Central Industrial Security Force and other agencies.
Airport Director Dinesh Kumar inaugurated the programme.