Thursday, August 18, 2022

Chandigarh roots for the environment with ‘Mera Shehar, Sunder Shehar’ campaign

The campaign will enable the CWT to work for beautification of Chandigarh while raising awareness and celebrating environmental action

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The planned city of Chandigarh has launched the ‘Mera Shehar, Sunder Shehar’ campaign at Sukhna Lake. The campaign, under the aegis of the Chandigarh Welfare Trust (CWT), in association with Chandigarh Tourism Department, has aligned its goal with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal Number 15. The campaign will enable the CWT to work for beautification of Chandigarh while raising awareness and celebrating environmental action.

An environment protection and awareness rally was flagged off by actor and cricketer Yograj Singh, who was the chief guest, while S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chief Patron, CWT, Col Jasdeep Singh Sandhu, Director, Civil Military Affairs, Western Command, Indian Army and Harpreet Sandhu, Chairman, Punjab Infotech were prominent among those present on the occasion, reported PTI.

The CWT volunteers distributed over 500 saplings for plantation among the residents of the city, along with water bowls for birds and dogs. A large number of trees were planted in different areas of the city by the volunteers themselves. The event also witnessed various activities like street plays and wall paintings across the city.

Under the campaign, the Trust has set a target to plant over 50 thousand trees across Chandigarh in the next one year, increasing the forest cover and helping Chandigarh’s air quality index

The Chandigarh Welfare Trust too, launched ‘Mera Shehar, Sunder Shehar’, a green campaign that seeks to beautify Chandigarh while raising awareness about the environment. Speaking about the campaign, CWT Chief Patron, S Satnam Singh Sandhu said that while Chandigarh was synonymous with beauty and greenery, leading to it being called the City Beautiful, things were not the same anymore. “With the pacier increase in urbanisation, the pollution level as reflected in the deteriorating Air Quality Index and global warming is increasing…There is a dire need to not only preserve but also enhance the greenery and beauty of the city and CWT’s ‘Mera Shehar, Sunder Shehar’ campaign is a step in this direction, towards a prosperous, pollution-free and beautiful Chandigarh,” said Sandhu, also the Chancellor of Chandigarh University.

Under the campaign, the Trust has set a target to plant over 50 thousand trees across Chandigarh in the next one year, increasing the forest cover and helping Chandigarh’s air quality index, reported PTI.

Yograj Singh emphasised that protection of the environment was deeply rooted in our rich and diverse values and called to connect the youth with our culture. “From the times immemorial, our culture has had the protection of the environment embedded in its very roots, calling for protection of flora and fauna near us. However, as we drifted away from our cultural values, we also got away from the protection of environment,” said Singh. “It is our collective responsibility to impart these values to current generation and the upcoming generations and reconnect them with our rich culture, to save the environment and to save the future,” added Singh.

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Roma Ghosh
Roma Ghosh has recently retired as Associate Professor for Media Studies from an international university. She was with the Times of India as a correspondent for many years. Her passion is cooking and she has been doing recipes and photo shoots for Women's Era for the last 15-odd years.

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