Mysuru, June 5:- “Reject plastic, refuse what you can’t re-use, plant more trees, together, we can chart a path to a greener world” was the message on the World Environment Day celebrations held in the heritage city of Mysuru on Tuesday.
The District Administration, Forest Department, NGOs and educational institutions, various organisations across the city held awareness rallies, seminars, distribution and planting of saplings to mark World Environment Day celebrations.
The day began with the flagging off an 18-kilometre walkathon from Mysuru to Srirangapattana to raise awareness about the need to save Cauvery River which is considered as the lifeline for millions of people in South Karnataka.
Cauvery River Water Protection Trust in association with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Municipal Council Srirangapattana, Shashvathi Dharmika Kriya Kendra, Akhila Bharatiya Sanyasi Sangha organised the Cauvery Nadi Swachhta Andolana. The walkathon was flagged off from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple near Mysuru Palace and hundreds of volunteers took part in the walkathon held till Srirangapattana.
The district administration in association with Pollution Control Board, District Legal Service Authority, Janajagruthi Graminabhivrduddhi Samsthe, Infosys and NSS organised a cycle rally to create awareness on the importance of protecting our environment.
Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner K Jagadish flagged off the cycle jatha and administered oath to the participants on the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ near the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the city. The rally passed through D Devaraja Urs Road, Institution of Engineers (India) on JLB Road, Mysuru Railway Station and other major roads. Students of various educational institutions took part in the rally.
In a bid to expand the green cover in the district, Forest Department in association with the Mysuru district administration organised planting of saplings near Hinkal Signal Junction at Vijayanagar 4th Stage in the city.
Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar inaugurated the programme by planting a sapling along with forest officials. The officials of social forestry division of the forest department will distribute saplings of various species among the farmers and institutions for planting it during the season starting from today. Almost 10 lakh saplings will be planted across the district which will help to expand the green cover. A total of 6 lakh saplings will be distributed among the farmers in the district under the Krishi Aranya Protsaha Yojane which will help the farmers to get an incentive for nurturing 400 saplings.
Major species of plants like neem, silver oak and teak are expected to be distributed during the campaign.
Similarly in Bandipur Tiger Reserve, the forest officials and forest guards created awareness among the tourists to say ‘no to plastic use.’ The forest officials from Bandipur Tiger Reserve welcomed the tourists by holding placards which read ‘Say no to plastic,’ ‘Plastic free zone.’ –(Karthik KK)