ANDHRA PRADESH

Plea to promote greenery at Central Prison

VISAKHAPATNAM, AUGUST 1. Speakers at a meeting organised by Praja Spandana in the city on Sunday, resolved that the 30-acre old Central Prison land in the heart of the city should be converted into an international environmental centre of greenery.

President of Praja Spandana, C.S. Rao, appealed to the local bodies to make efforts towards this, failing which, the general public of the city would launch a movement to achieve their goal. He wanted the State Government to respond immediately on the issue. It would be imprudent to fell the trees in the old jail premises to make way for a commercial complex there, he felt. Retired professor of meteorology in Andhra University, K. Vithal Murthy, in his address cited the examples of the Amazon forest in Brazil and the vegetation in the coastal city of Sydney in Australia where the forests were conserved carefully to prevent pollution. These should be emulated by Indian cities.

"We have to do our bit to protect the vast greenery in the old Central Prison premises and ensure that the trees are not felled," he said.

Former chairman of the Standing Committee in Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Vemparala Ramakrishna Rao, the vice-president of Praja Spandana, L. Jagannadham, V. Ramarao, and others spoke.

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