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Green activists from Chennai launch community initiative for conservation of Dal
3/25/2016 11:31:44 PM
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Srinagar, Mar 25: In its endeavour to conserve world famous Dal lake, a Srinagar based social group Arastha has invited the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) to join them in a long term community based conservation initiative.
The multiphase lake restoration effort started with the first phase of Environmental education programs at schools in Srinagar. A total of 5 schools were covered on day 1, where the need for environment conservation and citizen participation was stressed. Participating students expressed their willingness to participate in the scientific revival of the Dal Lake.
EFI is a Chennai based civil society group headed by Arun Krishnamorthy, who is a young environmental activist from Chennai. Arun is very much committed towards environment conservation from last many years and has already undertaken several activities vis a vis conservation of lakes and other water ecosystems in Chennai , Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Trivandrum and Delhi. Now this young green activist has plans to sensitize youth of Srinagar on the invitation of a local civil society group. The thrust is particularly on the school students.
The Directorate of School Education Kashmir , Lakes & Water Ways Development Authority (LAWDA) are also collaborating with EFI in its awareness programmes. On Friday EFI reached out to around 1000 students in five Government schools located within the vicinity of Dal lake.
The initial programme began at Girls Higher Secondary School Sonwar and Director of School Education Dr Shah Faesal also participated in this programme. Then four more orientation programmes were held at Iqbal Islamia Mission High School Brein Nishat, Government High School Boys Brein , Government High School Guptganga, and Government Higher Secondary School Shalimar. An envirionmental quiz contest was also held later in the evening. On Saturday the group is planning to organize five more activities in around five colleges of Srinagar.
While talking to Early Times Arun Krishnamorthy said that his group would launch a sustained Dal conservation programme involving local people particularly the youth and students.
"I hopes that authorities would cooperate with us in our community based activities " Arun added.
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