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`Clean Delhi' campaign launched

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JUNE 5. While the city may not turn over a new leaf this week-end, the World Environment Day celebrations today at least served as a reminder to the policy-makers as well as the common man alike about their responsibility towards the environment. The city saw a slew of seminars, speeches, street-plays, film shows and other programmes relating to environment.

The State Environment and Education Ministry along with Coca-Cola India formally launched a "Clean Delhi Campaign'' at a municipal primary school in Gandhi Nagar. The programme is aimed at improving the surroundings through activities like desilting open drain, daily collection and removal of garbage through customised rickshaw. The campaign is being initiated under the aegis of the Bhagidari Scheme of the Delhi Government and is in line with Coca-Cola policy's to protect, preserve and enhance the environment it works in.

Launching the campaign, the Education Minister, A.S. Lovely, urged individuals and industries to join hands in creating a clean and sustainable environment.

The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) observed the day by organising a seminar on `Noise Pollution and Deafness'. Speaking at the seminar, the DMA president, I.P. Dhalla, said: "It is essential that world-wide attention and action is turned towards the environment and the common man should also be made a part of the various programmes launched by government.'' Also present at the seminar was the East Delhi Member of Parliament, Sandeep Dikshit.

Uppal's Orchid, an ecotel hotel, organised a street-play by its Green Team in association with the underprivileged children from the non-government organisation - Don Bosco Ashalayam. The Green Team consisting of volunteers from all departments of Uppal's Orchid and the hotel has undertaken a drive to educate and create social awareness on the issue of environment.

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