More than 3 lakh people pledged their support for environment conservation on the occasion of ‘Paryavaran Sankalp Diwas’ observed in Gautam Budh Nagar district on Friday.
City residents formed a human chain at Noida Cricket Stadium on Friday morning and pledged support for the environmental cause and said they would do their bit to spread the word in the city.
Several schools, colleges, industries and companies participated in the environment awareness drive.
District magistrate, NP Singh, administered oath to hundreds of volunteers at Noida Cricket Stadium and a human chain was formed following the oath ceremony.
Singh said, “Following the directions of the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal (NGT), we organised this ‘Enforcement and Education’ drive to spread awareness among people.”
“We had formed 100 teams, which will cover the entire district to spread environment conservation methods and also take swift action against violators,” Singh said.
Street plays and environmental camps were organized in different parts of the city and rural areas; many schools, educational institutes, corporates and industries also participated on the occasion and took oath to protect the environment.
Speaking on the occasion, the district magistrate said, “Across the world, economic and urban development has come at the cost of environment. It is high time we stopped turning a blind eye to environmental concerns in the quest of development. In fact, the protection and conservation of the environment should be accorded equal importance as development.”
Officials of the district administration along with authorities of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway formed teams to spread awareness about environmental conservation, rules, laws and take action against violators.
Messages related to environment conservation were telecast on LED screens installed near The Great India Place (TGIP) mall, Dalit Prerna Sthal and the Noida golf course. Street plays were held near the TGIP mall, Mall of India and Spice Mall in Noida.
Free pollution under control (PUC) checks were conducted at LG Chowk and awareness messages were aired on radio stations.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had on November 23, 2016, directed the district administration, the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB) and the Noida and Greater Noida authorities to take strict action against those flouting environment norms and causing pollution.
Schoolchildren were administered oath during their morning assembly and thousands pledged to avoid use of plastic. Some non-governmental organisations also distributed paper bags to commuters at several parts in the city.
A cricket match was also played between Noida Authority and Noida contractors at the stadium to mark the occasion.