July 24, 2016
In our last blog, we discussed some green initiatives in Uttar Pradesh. Here we will take you to some more bites of information about polythene ban, 100 green ideas from across UP, tiger reserve, conservation of birds, agro parks, cleaning of river Gomti and recycling of floral offerings. Let us unfold some great green covers around Uttar Pradesh:
100 Green Ideas from across UP
When young minds think great ideas flow. Within three weeks of The Times of India asking school students to come up with solutions to environmental issues in Uttar Pradesh, we were flooded with their innovative ideas. Almost 100 models were presented from top cities of the state with students of Lucknow schools. From The Times of India, they say it was an enriching experience as school after school came in with models, high on enthusiasm and bubbling with energy, and for three weeks, the TOI office turned into a chemistry-cum-biology-cum-geography lab.
To protect the environment and public health, Uttar Pradesh government under the leadership of our green CM has enforced ban on the use of polythene across the state. The ban prohibits manufacturing, importing, purchasing and storage of all kinds of plastic carry bags in the state. However, the ban will not be applicable on carry bags used for packaging purposes. State Government is looking at alternative material that can be distributed to the people.
The government has initiated steps to give the state its fourth tiger reserve. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), a statutory body under the union ministry of environment and forests have proposed the new tiger reserve in Uttar Pradesh. Now the government is planning to take forward the NTCA’s proposal to convert the Suhelwa sanctuary into a tiger reserve.
And converting Suhelwa sanctuary into a tiger reserve is part of its larger plan to convert all tiger habitats in the country into tiger reserves to conserve big cats. Spread over an area of 452 square km, the Suhelwa sanctuary covers Balrampur, Shravasti and Gonda districts and also touches Mahadevpuri forest in Nepal.
Conservation of Birds
Uttar Pradesh Bird Festival is first of its kind initiative by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Akhilesh Yadav. The festival was celebrated on 4th December 2015 on the grounds of Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary. Prominent ornithologists from around the globe were present at the event. It was a nice event surrounded by professional photographers, art shows by renowned artists and bird ringing station. Early mornings and evenings were organized for bird watching followed by talks/workshops during the day.
Recently, the government has also conducted a campaign ‘Gauraiya Diwas’ at school levels. The aim of such events is to create awareness among students at school levels for the conservation of birds and to make the state clean and green.
The agro parks have been developed in Barabanki and Varanasi over an area of 180 and 261 acres of land respectively. These parks have been provided with Multi Chamber and Controlled Atmospheric Cold Storages with Sorting, Grading and Cleaning Facility to meet the specific needs of the agro and food processing industry.
Cleaning Gomti Riverfront
Realising the need of overall development of Gomti river, which was fast running into a drain Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav desired to develop greenery on the banks of river Gomti as per international standards. The government has sanctioned an amount of 250 crores for the same. The Uttar Pradesh government along with Water Resources Group have took up the challenging responsibility of giving an international outlook to Gomti river.
Recycling of Floral Offerings
The initiative to recycle floral offerings at places of worship has caught Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s attention and led the UP government to commission a study to assess how floral waste can be utilised to prevent pollution of rivers and to safeguard the environment. On February 7th 2016, following a meeting with members of Kanpur-based organisation, ‘Help Us Green’, Akhilesh directed the organisation to conduct a pilot study of how flowers offered at Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath temple can be utlised.
Uttar Hamara congratulates Akhilesh Yadav for this massive drive of establishing a green cover in the state.