Port Blair, June 05: World Environment Day was observed by Indian Coast Guard at Port Blair on 05 Jun 18 through various programmes including Tree plantation Drive, Beach Cleanship and sensitizing local populace on the importance of keeping environment pristine.
Plantation drive was conducted in and around Coast Guard Premises at Port Blair with an aim to create enthusiasm amongst masses towards forest conservation and afforestation, wherein, a total of 200 saplings of fruit bearing trees were planted. The full CG fraternity based at Port Blair including their families joined hands in this noble cause for betterment of environment to beat increased pollution in recent decade.
Beach cleanup was conducted at Carbyn’s Cove, Marina Park and Foreshore Road (Chattam), wherein PBMC, NGOs, local councillors, local populace and school children participated enthusiastically to generate mass awareness for clean and plastic free environment under present year’s theme of ‘Beat the Plastic Pollution’. The contribution of NGO ‘clean city’ in this drive headed by Mrs Anuradha Lal is note worth. During the cleanup drive, inorganic waste consisting of plastic, polyethylene, and glass amounting to around 1500 kgs was cleared from the beaches. After the conclusion of the cleanup drive, all the attendees were apprised about the necessity to preserve and protect fragile environment of the islands through prevention of use of plastic and employment of energy efficient means and segregation of waste. The event also saw whole hearted participation by local children who were felicitated by the Coast Guard on culmination of the event. Inspector General Manish Vishal Pathak, Commander Coast Guard Region Andaman and Nicobar, who also participated in the tree plantation drive, exhorted all the CG families to keep up the tempo in their endeavours towards protecting the environment of these fragile islands.
Committed efforts by Indian Coast Guard Region (A&N) towards energy efficiency and implementation of various govt policies have yielded evident results in ICG establishment/residential areas. Indian Coast Guard has been on the forefront in effectively contributing as well as spreading awareness about Clean and Green environment on a continuous basis through various grass root level programmes across A & N islands. Coast Guard Stations of A&N region have been conducting regular beach cleanup drives and awareness campaigns towards inclusion of local populace and tourists to achieve the goal of clean sea and thus saving pristine breaches & marine environment in & around these Isles against growing menace of plastic waste.