NCR students spread health, environment awareness through paintings

November 18th, 2007 - 4:34 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): Thousands of students from over hundred schools of the National Capital Region (NCR) today took part in a painting competition to spread awareness on various health and environment related issues.
Students brought out themes like healthy active living, water, sanitation, care for elderly, safe drinking water, sports, recreation, yoga, and meditation on their canvas.
“I want to show to people how they can live a healthy life,” said Abhishek Sawanta, a participant.
“I am making this painting because we should save environment, we should not cut trees, we should grow more and more trees,” said Anjali, another participant.
The third annual competition organised by Pushpanjali Healthcare, was held in the grounds of the famous Akshardham Temple, dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, a Hindu God.
Modern lifestyle in the fast developing NCR towns has resulted in burgeoning health problems.
In Delhi, out of the total geographical area of 1,483 sq km, about 151 sq km constitutes the forest and tree cover. Of this, 111 sq km has been classified as forest cover and the rest as tree cover outside the forest area like village wood lots, block plantations, roadside, pond side, railway side, canal side and others.
In NCR, the overbearing numbers of private vehicles are the principal source of vehicular pollution. The disquieting part though is the fact that cars constitute a whopping 83 per cent of the total vehicles in these regions. These would thus call for a comprehensive public transport policy for NCR towns. (ANI)

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