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Gujarat CM appeals to the people to sensibly use natural resources on ‘World Environment Day’

Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel today attended various programs organized to mark the World Environment Day in Ahmedabad.

On the morning of World Environment Day, CM Smt Patel planted saplings in Ahmedabad as a symbolic gesture to create awareness about the importance of tree plantation and appealed to every citizen of the state to sensibly use our natural resources as well as plant and nurture maximum trees to create Clean and Green Gujarat.

CM Smt Patel laid foundation stone for 60 MLD ‘Jal Vihar’ sewage treatment plant to come up at the cost of Rs. 83.34 crore at Vadaj area of Ahmedabad city. She also performed ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ for construction of 400-unit housing scheme which is part of the project for redevelopment of Ramapir Tekra slum in Vadaj under central government’s Smart City scheme.

CM Smt Patel inaugurated wildlife photography exhibition ‘Vaan ki Baat’ organized with an aim to spread awareness among people over threat to environment at Ravi Shankar Raval Art Gallery in Ahmedabad. She appealed citizens to visit this exhibition and get enlightened about the biodiversity and ecology.

Finally, CM Smt Patel attended a program organized by Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) to mark the World Environment Day at Tagore Hall in Ahmedabad. Here, she launched skill development and training program for about 1500 workers of Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) designed by GPCB, which will be help in increasing their income and ensure financial stability.

She even launches a mobile application ‘Facility for Online Auto-renewal of Consolidated Consents and Authorization’ (CC&A) developed by GPCB for speedy clearance of applications by entrepreneurs. She said that besides making efforts to preserve environment, the state government is also committed towards ensuring easy renewals and approvals for business houses.

On this occasion, CM Smt Patel witnessed signing of seven MoUs for reuse of industrial waste as fuel in cement industry. She stated that this will boost the efforts of environmental waste management and recycling procedures. She released quarterly issue of GPCB magazine ‘Environmental Action’ and also a booklet of Gujarati translation of guidelines on e-Waste prepared by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. She even launched GEER Foundation’s documentary film-CD and distributed prizes to winners of ‘Van Ki Baat’ photography competition for capturing best wildlife shots through their lens.

In her speech, CM Smt Patel said that nature itself preserves its resources, but the entire ecosystem is benefited by the collective efforts made by people and scientists. She further stated that we all are aware about the consequences and effects of global warming and it is our moral duty to save and conserve environment and natural resources. Government of Gujarat is well aware of this global concern and making great efforts to mitigate the issues originated by climate change, she added.

She adds that we are responsible for contamination of water, air and land. She said that the ground water level throughout the state has been increased due to consistent efforts by the state government, but it requires constant attempts to get better results. Adding to it, she stated that our perennial rivers and lakes dried up and became highly polluted due to waste discharges mainly from drainages and industries. An implementation of sustainable management plan with proper treatment of both municipal and industrial effluents has prevented further deterioration of the water quality of our rivers and lakes, she shared. She also stated that increasing population and urbanization cause water pollution and scarcity, but Gujarat has started waste-water recycling and reuse to satisfy increasing water demands. She stated that the focus of the government has always been on making the state free from pollution to create healthy society.

Talking about ‘Smart City’, CM Smt Patel stated that smart approaches are required to tackle environmental challenges. Talking about the impacts of slum on the environment, she told that it is the need of the hour to address the issues of substandard housing, inadequate access to clean water and sanitation and to implement slum rehabilitation policy to envisage the dream of ‘Smart City’. She also shared that ‘Housing for All’ is one of the top priorities of the state government.

Expressing her concern over water conservation, CM Smt Patel said that awareness has been seen with regard to adoption of drip irrigation and usage of sprinklers in farmers. She proudly shared that by the end of 2017; about 17 lakh farmers in Gujarat will be using these water efficient irrigation systems which will saves about 1/3rd of water, the highest in the country.

CM Smt Patel, while informing about the increasing demand for organic products, said that farmers should adopt the trend and shift towards organic farming. The state government is also committed to promote organic farming and people are now being aware about the hazardous effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

CM Smt Patel shared that to control pollution, time has come to move from CNG-run rickshaws to e-rickshaws and the state government is also working a project to introduce e-rickshaws in the state.

CM Smt Patel appealed to plant more and more trees with environmental benefits, like banyan and Peepal trees, which are also considered sacred for the same reason. Protecting environment and nurturing natural resources has always been part of Indian value system, she added. She also suggested taking children to forest areas to educate and nurture environmental awareness in them.

CM Smt Patel said that all the components of ecosystem are inter-dependant in some way with each other and it is important to create ecological balance. She appeals to every citizen of the state for mature usage of natural resources available and increase plantation and nurture maximum trees to create Cleaner and Greener Gujarat.

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