Mysore, June 5,2013:
The city of palaces has become green today marking the World Environment Day (Theme: Think.Eat.Save) which featured awareness rallies, lecture sessions, demonstration on solar power equipment and mass cleaning operations by various organisations to drive the point of environmental protection harder and deeper into the minds of people.
Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL), in association with the Institution of Engineers (India), Mysore Chapter, had organised a programme at the premises of the latter on JLB Road here which featured quiz for students, film show on environmental pollution and energy saving. The star attraction was a demonstration on real solar equipment like solar photo voltaic charger, pump, cooker, heater, dryer and stove all mounted on a lorry.
The programme was inaugurated by Additional Regional Commissioner K.M. Chandregowda who pointed out that environmental protection should be eternal and meaningful and not a symbolic programme. He reiterated that solar power was the only solution to the dwindling fossil fuel resources.
About 4,000 women members of Dharmasthala Rural Development Organisation, draped in green sarees, took out an awareness rally from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple to DC’s office holding placards with messages like ‘Green is life’ and ‘Shun plastic’. The rally was flagged off by City Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer who also released leaflets on environmental protection.
Speaking on the occasion, MLC C.H. Vijayashankar pointed out that rampant deforestation was causing imbalance in nature triggering undue vagaries in weather. He appealed to the people to save precious water and protect earth. The Organisation’s Regional Director A. Srihari, Director Mahabala Kulal, Convenor M. Chetana, Corporator C. Prashanth Gowda and others were present.
Meanwhile as part of the venture of Organisation for Development of People (ODP) to undertake massive cleaning simultaneously in 15 taluks of Mysore, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts today, about 500 members of ODP undertook a rally in the city
The environment day also celebrated at the industries when District Legal Services Authority, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and JK Tyres and Industries jointly celebrated by planting saplings at JK Tyres premises here. The programme was inaugurated by Principal District and Sessions Judge Mohan S. Sankolli. D. Nandakumar, Umesh K. Shenoy, Vice-President of JK Tyres and Industries, B.S. Srinivas, Chief Manager, Ramesh of Quality Department and others were present. More than 1,000 saplings were planted.
The similar Environment Day was also celebrated at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in city by planting of saplings by Zoo Executive Director B.P.Ravi, visitors and volunteers. Saplings of bamboo, sandalwood and other varieties were planted on the occasion.