Dr MCR HRD Institute conducted Haritha Haaram drive on its campus today with the Additional Director General Harpreet Singh accompanied by the IAS Officer Trainees of 2018 batch planting saplings. The officers, faculty, and staff of the Institute also participated in the drive, with enthusiasm.
Speaking on the occasion, Harpreet Singh said, with a sense of pride, that during the last two years a whopping over 70,000 saplings were planted at different locations on the campus and there is a plan to plant as many as about 30,000 more, during the current year. “The planting of trees and the green cover are greatly instrumental in finding enduring solutions to such problems as ecological imbalance, persistent droughts, and increasing temperature”, he stated.
Harpreet Singh gave a call to all the Officers, Faculty, and Staff to plant one tree each and nurture its growth, so as to create a greener environment. “If you plant a tree, you are nurturing a life”, he added.
A number of innovative measures have been initiated to ensure that the Institute is eco-responsible with the least possible carbon footprints. The Institute uses the model of reducing, reuse, and recycle water and waste. The recycled water and composted kitchen waste are used for the gardens. In addition, the Institute is using rainwater harvesting pits ad bore well recharge pits to increase the groundwater table.
There is a shift to solar power in a big way, which involved an expenditure of Rs. 3.81crores. As a result, the electricity generated from the Rooftop Solar Power System of 850 KWP capacity not only resulted in a saving of a whopping Rs 9 lakh per month in the electricity bill of the Institute but also made it the top-most solar power generating government institution in the State. Unlike the conventional ways of generating electricity, which pollute environment, the solar power is clean, non-polluting, and sustainable, and thereby contributes to a greener environment.
As a part of the Haritha Haaram program, the Batukamma Tank on the campus of the Institute, of a capacity of 15 lakhs liters of water, which was earlier a cesspool, has been restored with an outlay of Rs lakhs. Since today’s plantation has been taken up around the restored Batukamma Tank, its natural beauty and the resultant bio-diversity will be greatly enhanced.