Giving emphasis to its commitment towards green initiatives, Waltair Division of East Coast Railway observed World Environment Day today. To mark the day the Division has organized an awareness rally and massive plantation programme in the Railway localities, colonies and station areas to explore its future course of action to prevent pollution. The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.’ as this year marks the beginning of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
More than 850 green saplings were planted in the Railway colonies and station surroundings today and in last two years the Division has planted 3,75,000 saplings. Similar programmes were organized over the Division as a green initiative. Divisional Railway Manager, Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava, ADRM (infra) Shri. Akshai Saxena, Dy.CME Shri Durga Prasad Mishra and other branch officers took part in this awareness programme and plantation.
Posters and Banners were displayed to propagate the message of Environment Protection, Green Initiative, to avoid the usage of plastic. Videos on awareness of environment protection and conservation were displayed in Digital Museums and CCTVs at stations. Audio jingles were displayed at stations.
Speaking on the occasion DRM said that “The observation of World Environment Day makes all of us to recall our commitment to Nature and imparts responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving the environment. We have been confronting with various calamities, pandemics as we have disturbed the Nature’s balance. Let us join hand to improve our quality of life by improving our environment”
Besides such initiatives the Division has under taken waste water recycling plant at various units where the recycled water is used for washing and horticulture purpose. All the stations, Service Buildings, Residential staff quarters over the Division provided with LED light fittings to reduce power consumption.
Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Araku, Rouli railway stations have been electrified by rooftop Solar system. Four Service buildings at Visakhapatnam were energized with Solar power etc for the cause of green initiative. These measures resulted in reduction of more than 8 lakh Kgs of Carbon-di-Oxide emissions.