Eco battalion takes pledge of more greenery

  • | Wednesday | 13th December, 2023

CHHATRAPATI SAMBHAJINAGAR: The Marathwada eco battalion, which is celebrating its 7th raising day, has pledged efforts to increase more green cover in the district and other parts of Marathwada. Raised in 2017, the battalion has so far planted a total of 10,26,851 trees in nearby areas. Commanding Officer Colonel Nirdesh Saha said Beed and Hingoli districts from Marathwada are on the target of the Marathwada eco battalion for future plantation. We have so far carried out plantation on 754 hectares of land in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar. The survival rate of saplings is very good. Going from strength to strength, we will increase greenery in the remaining areas of Marathwada in near future, he said.Abdimandi, DMIC sections, Kolthan, Sultanabad, Arapur , Sirasmal, Georai Kuber, Vithalpur, Kannad, Nirgudi and Tisgaon are among major plantation sites of the eco battalion in the district. The eco battalions workforce of 330 comprises officers and soldiers.The ecological task force battalions, including one raised for Marathwada, carry out plantation and maintenance of saplings in difficult, rocky and challenging areas identified by the respective state forest departments and the ministry of environment and forests and climate change. Meanwhile, the Marathwada Eco Battalion hosted several dignitaries from the military and civil administration at a grand function to celebrate its raising day on December 9.We also published the following articles recentlyGhost gears: Worst fears in our marine eco-systemGhost gears, abandoned by fishermen at sea, threaten the marine eco-system. The use of synthetic fibres is expanding their presence. They trap fish in shallow coral reefs and deep water landscapes. Recent clean-up drives found 600 tonnes of ghost gears at Mithapur and Dwarka. WWF-India found 120kg of ghost gears at the Veraval coast. Ghost gears cause economic loss and endanger global food security. They entangle and harm turtles, dolphins, sharks, seabirds, and more. The coral reef and seagrass eco-systems are also at risk. Gujarats fishing community is urged to dispose of ghost gears properly.Zara expands second hand platform, an eco-conscious serviceZara expands its Pre-Owned service to Greece and 13 other European countries, including Spain, Germany, and Portugal, starting from December 12. The service offers second-hand clothes, repair services, and the option to donate garments. Zaras move aligns with the growing trend of sustainable practices in the fashion industry and aims to reduce the environmental impact of fashion by extending the lifespan of clothing items. Other major players, including H&M, have also ventured into reselling pre-owned products, reflecting a broader industry acknowledgment of the importance of sustainability. Zaras expansion makes sustainable fashion more accessible and promotes responsible consumerism in the industry.Uttarakhand could be an example of progress in eco-friendly way: ShahUnion home minister Amit Shah praises Uttarakhands investment potential at the Uttarakhand Global Investors Summit. He highlights the states eco-friendly progress and limitless possibilities in tourism, services, MSME, logistics, customised packages, IT, and Ayush. Shah commends the CM for surpassing the target with MoUs worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore. He emphasizes Uttarakhands corruption-free governance and the PMs efforts against corruption. Shah also lauds the successful rescue operation of the 41 workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel, giving credit to the CMs leadership and the close monitoring by the PM and himself.

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