Call to grow more trees

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Project Director of the Ship Building Centre, Eastern Naval Command, Vice Admiral, A.K. Kalra, has underlined the need for growing trees and ensure sustained growth to safeguard the environment.

Participating as the chief guest at the World Environment Day celebrations organised by the UNESCO Club of Visakhapatnam city and WelcomHotel Grand Bay, here on Saturday, he recounted experiences during his stay at various cities in the country.

"In 1958, as a 12-year old, I knew Lucknow as a `City of Gardens'. Now there are no more gardens but only big buildings and pollution. It is the same case with Allahabad now. When I served in Bangalore in 1982, I felt it was a beautiful city with lots of trees, but today I don't feel like going there again,'' he said.

He said that though Vizag has witnessed tremendous growth during the last few decades, it was a lot better than most other cities with green cover remaining intact in many areas.

He recalled that during his stint as Commanding Officer of INS Kalinga in 1992, as many as 10,000 saplings were planted on the Bheemunipatnam Beach Road.

He underlined the role of clubs in ensuring eco-friendly measures and keeping the cities clean.

In his welcome address, T.P. Gandhi, said it was estimated that over 60 per cent of the world's population, especially in the developing countries, would live in urban areas by the year 2030.

Most of the deaths in future would be due to air pollution with carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide reaching hazardous levels.

The club president, A.R. Subramaniam, presided. The club's secretary general, R. Ahi Krishna, presented a citation and a memento to the WelcomHotel Grand Bay for its environmental protection activities in the `institution' category, and to the retired Indian Economic Service officer, C.S. Rao, for his sustained efforts in environmental protection in the `individual' category.

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