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World Environment Day: Residents, civic agencies pledge to save environment

Residents of Aralias and Magnolias in DFL Phase-5 organised many events to celebrate World Environment Day

gurgaon Updated: Jun 06, 2017 10:45 IST
Ipsita Pati
Plantation drives were conducted in Gurgaon on World Environment Day in a bid to arrest the city’s depleting green cover.
Plantation drives were conducted in Gurgaon on World Environment Day in a bid to arrest the city’s depleting green cover.(FILE PHOTO)

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, residents and civic agencies at the city pledged to save the environment.

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) organised an event at Civil Lines area of the city in which the police commissioner of Gurgaon, Sandeep Khirwar appealed people to keep environment clean. They also informed the audience about compost pits they have installed for processing solid waste.

Khirwar said, “The aim of the celebration is to influence the audience and to keep our surroundings clean and to plant saplings in the interest of our future generations.”

The resident of Aralias and Magnolias in DFL Phase-5 organised a slew of activities on the day. Over 100 residents including children attended the event. The major attraction of the event was a wall graffiti on environment which was drawn by children.

Residents also planted saplings of Jacaranda Mimosifolia, Bauhinia species and Pterospermum acerifolium (popularly known as Kanak Champa) at the locality. Residents and members of E Block RWA in DLF Phase-1 distributed tulsi plants.

”Residents were educated about the Go Green Gurgaon Drive which will take place in a few weeks from now” said Savita Choudhary, president, EBRWA.

Pure Hearts, an NGO, put together a Nukkad Natak by children at the DLF Cyber Hub highlighting how a sustained effort can help save the world from the effects of pollution. The Save Aravalli group, an NGO that works to protect the Aravallis, launched an event titled “Waste Yard to City Forest” in Faridabad.

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Ragini Kumar, associate fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute said, “The environment should be seen as a whole, and it is time we emphasise on the inter disciplinary approach to solve diverse environmental problems.”

Attending a plantation drive in Faridabad on Monday, Haryana forests minister Rao Narbir Singh, said, “We are criticised when trees are cut.”

There were media reports of over 9,000 trees cut in Gurgaon. The minister said, “We cannot ignore the fact that for development projects, trees have to be cut. But our emphasis is to balance by planting more trees at other places”, he added.