Kochi (Kerala) [India], Sep 19 (ANI): Southern Naval Command celebrated International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday with a focus on mangrove plantations and waterfront areas in and around Kochi as well as clearance of plastic/non-biodegradable waste, a press release from the ministry said. stated in the release. Of defense
As part of the global drive to keep the beach clean, over 600 naval personnel and families of Southern Naval Command removed plastic and non-biodegradable waste at various locations across the city, coastal areas like Fort Kochi beach, Thevara waterfront . Restoring approximately 1 lakh sqm of mangroves to pristine condition in an approximately 2 km stretch of Willingdon Island, Cherai Beach, Bolgatty and Venduruthy Channel.
In addition, 80 mangrove saplings were also planted along the Venduruthy channel. Similar coastal clean-up drives and lectures/webinars/competitions with an emphasis on protection of the coastal and marine environment with enthusiastic participation of the naval community were organized at other outstation naval units located at Lonavala, Jamnagar, Chilka, Coimbatore, Goa, Ezhimala and Mumbai. were done.
Being the Training Command of the Indian Navy, Southern Naval Command has always been at the fore in promoting environment protection activities at Command Headquarters, Kochi as well as at Naval Stations spread across the country.
Mandatory for overseeing naval training, Southern Naval Command has conceptualized and implemented a variety of green initiatives. Keeping environment conservation as one of the key focus areas, the Command has continuously endeavored to inspire young officer and sailor trainees of the Indian Navy to inculcate the habit of protecting nature so that they can be a responsible Navy for the future. To be prepared to be a leader. and trusted citizens of India.
There has also been a special focus on creating greater awareness among families and more importantly children.
During the last three years, the Command has adopted a multi-pronged approach for conservation of environment and implementation of energy conservation methods.
To highlight a few, the personnel of the command were actively involved in the rejuvenation of the 4.5 km long Venduruthy Channel near the Kochi Naval Base, thereby creating awareness in and around the naval installations.
Efforts were made to increase the green cover by conducting a massive tree plantation drive, which included planting more than 75,000 trees using the rapidly growing Miyawaki afforestation method. Apart from this, regular coastal clean-up drives, mangrove plantation drives, in-house handling and recycling of bio and non-biodegradable waste, adoption of efficient energy and water saving methods etc. were also undertaken.
The Command has also made serious efforts to continue all efforts for conservation and protection of the environment and natural resources. Towards achieving this, the command has implemented a green initiative and environmental protection roadmap with the main focus on carbon footprint reduction.
With the personal involvement of Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, it is committed to creating a clean, green and healthy environment in line with the visionary environmental protection policies of the Government of India.
Mayor of Kochi Municipal Corporation, Advocate M Anilkumar and employees also participated in Kochi on this occasion. (ANI)
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