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Noida traffic police distributes saplings on World Environment Day

The step was taken to create awareness among masses, to increase greenery in the city and reduce pollution. Demonstrations were held by traffic police personnel along with the members of cab aggregator Ola and Synergy, an NGO.

noida Updated: Jun 05, 2017 22:32 IST
Sohil Sehran
On World Environment Day, the traffic police distributed as many as 350 saplings of holy basil (tulsi) to the commuters at various intersections in Noida.
On World Environment Day, the traffic police distributed as many as 350 saplings of holy basil (tulsi) to the commuters at various intersections in Noida. (HT Photo)

On World Environment Day, the traffic police distributed as many as 350 saplings of holy basil (tulsi) to the commuters at various locations in Noida.

The step was taken to create awareness among masses, to increase greenery in the city and reduce pollution. Demonstrations were held by traffic police personnel along with the members of cab aggregator Ola and Synergy, an NGO.

“We held the event to promote greenery, clean the environment and reduce traffic. As boards about the initiative were installed at roundabouts , people came to us wholeheartedly. They listened to the guidelines for ensuring a clean environment,” said traffic inspector Layak Singh.

The demonstrations were given at major roundabouts in Sector 15, Noida stadium, Spice Mall, and Government Degree College. Circle officer (traffic) Vikas Jaiswal inaugurated the event at the Sector 15 roundabout.

Commuters who passed through these intersections were told to plant trees during the monsoon season and ensure that they are taken care of. They were also told that cycling should be taken up as an alternative mode of transport for covering short distances in the city.

Jaiswal said there is a need for promoting public transport. When more people switch to public transport, the number of vehicles will decrease on roads. It will reduce pollution as well as congestion, he said.

At all five roundabouts, commuters and pedestrians were given demonstrations for more than half an hour. ‘Such initiatives are necessary to create awareness among people. In Noida, there are already problems of open waste burning as the Noida authority has no procedure in place to scientifically dispose of waste. The demonstrations given by the traffic police were a good experience,” said Anil Mengi, a resident of Sector 49.