Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday made an impassioned plea to the people of the State to conserve and protect the environment “to hand over happiness to future generations instead of just leaving moveable and immoveable properties for them.”
Greeting people of Telangana State on the occasion of World Earth Day, the Chief Minister recalled the famous quote from Valmiki Ramayana which says “Janani Janmabhumishcha Swargadapi Gariyasi” meaning the earth that we live in is much greater than the heaven.”
“This should be our objective and we should take care of the place and region we live in and protect the environment,” he said.
Stating that everyone should ensure that the place where they live is clean and green, Chandrashekhar Rao urged every citizen in Telangana State to take a pledge on World Earth Day to protect and preserve greenery and environment.
The Chief Minister said the State government’s flagship programme Telangana Haritha Haram, aimed at making Telangana green and clean, was being implemented successfully. Under Palle Pragathi and Pattana Pragathi programmes, all the rural and urban areas in the State were being maintained with green environment.
“Telangana region which was under severe water crisis, and the once arid lands have now turned fertile with water flowing in abundance for irrigation and drinking water purposes, thanks to several irrigation projects and schemes implemented by the State government,” he said.
Due to the measures taken by the State government, water from the projects through the various canal systems was reaching every nook and corner of the State and with tanks and reservoirs getting filled, the groundwater level in the State had also increased by leaps and bounds, he pointed out.
Due to availability of water in Telangana now, there has been an increase in forest cover and population of animals and birds which has led to proper balance in the environment, the Chief Minister said, adding that this also led to decrease in temperatures and other qualitative changes for the better. “The measures taken by the State government have improved biodiversity and once again brought nature back to life in the State,” he said.
Chandrashekhar Rao said several measures and initiatives launched by the State government had brought about awareness among people on environment, biodiversity and the need to protect Mother Nature. “It is high time everyone realises that the problems arising out of environmental imbalance are due to man-made mistakes. People should understand the havoc created by pandemics like Corona and should help protect the environment,” he said.
“We should hand over a safe and secure planet to future generations. If we behave and live responsibly, we will be handing over happiness to them,” the Chief Minister said, and urged people to work towards this goal.
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