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Students show concern for City

india Updated: Jan 21, 2007 03:06 IST
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“IT IS really heartening to know that the Hindustan Times-PACE (Newspaper in Education Programme) and Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO) have provided a unique platform to the students to voice their opinions on such a vibrant topic and play a participative role in the development of our City, which, according to me, is the most beautiful city of India,” stated Urban Development Housing and Environment Minister Jayant Malaiya here today.

He was speaking at the HT-PACE 4th Annual Inter-School Paper Presentation Competition organised at Lake Conservation Authority Auditorium on Saturday in association with EPCO. The students presented Power Point Presentations on the topic ‘Bhopal – A Global Environment City’ and ‘Sustainable Development of the Growing City – Bhopal’.

Malaiya said, “Bhopal is on the fast track of development and very soon, the results of the same will be visible to the citizens. This includes completely developed residential areas for the slum dwellers under construction, which should be ready by March”.

He said that seeing the need for an improved management of water and sewerage, he is looking into the matter of constitution of a Water and Sewerage Board to assist the BMC.

Arjita Kulshreshtha and V S Krishnaprasad of Sagar Public School, Saket Nagar, bagged the first prize at the competition. They won cash prize of Rs 1000 each, a gift hamper and a rolling trophy for the school. The unique aspects which won the SPS students first prize was systematic analysis of globalisation in totality vis-à-vis.
topography, historical importance, commercial and political importance, population trends, lakes and their conservation, green spaces and parks.

Students of Carmel Convent S S School, BHEL, Akanksha Saxena and Mubeka Kaveeshwar, highlighted many effective points including the importance of landscape, eco-planning, proper utilisation of land and land resources so that sustainable harvest of resources, which is possible till eternity. They further deliberated upon the fact as to why the eco-planning was based on the  “The 3Es” (1) Ecological Balance (2) Education (3) Entertainment.

They bagged the second prize, wherein they won a cash prize of Rs 750 each, a gift hamper and a rolling trophy. Shruti Kurup and Kshitij Tembe of St Mary’s Convent S S School, the third prize-winners, won a cash prize of Rs 500 each, a gift hamper and a rolling trophy.

The St Paul S S Co-Ed School students Sakar Saxena and Kuber Narayan Kushwaha bagged the consolation prizes along with Monika Hassija and Palak Khushwani of Red Rose who won a cash prize of Rs 250 each along with a gift hamper. 

Executive Director EPCO, Hari Ranjan Rao, stressed on the need for community participation for successful implementation of government schemes. He cited unique examples about monitoring of the water supply by water metering and effective implementation of the government schemes by community participation.

He informed that shared taxation by the villagers of Churu village in Rajasthan was a runaway success and needs to be followed in MP also for effective water supply.

The competition was adjudged by a jury that included senior environmentalists Head of Planning and Architecture Department MANIT Ashutosh Sharma, Advisor National Centre for Human Settlements and Environment (NCHSE) K G Vyas and Head, Systems NCHSE Vivek Saraf.

Commenting on the level of presentation, they were of the joint opinion that the presentations were of very high quality and were well researched, which was quite appreciable. But, at the same time, some of them lacked the childlike approach with which they should have viewed the subject. 

The Talk Show witnessed an amazing discussion of eminent citizens including M N Buch and Raghuvanshi from Asian Development Bank. Eminent citizen of Bhopal who has to his credit the planning of the City, Buch, spoke about the increasing demand of the City, which needs to be catered to by way of improved urban planning. To curb the destruction of green surroundings, there is a dire need to go vertical to meet the demand of increased population and transportation, he said.

Prominent among those present included Hindustan Times General Manager Fehmi Husain, Resident Editor Askari Zaidi, EPCO Research Officer Dr Sadhana Shrivastava and others.