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About Vanadeeksha & its Benefits

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A   green city is a place where a person would like to live in to maintain good health and also enjoy peace and solitude. The world is facing problems of acute pollution, and India is no exception to it. In fact, urban Hyderabad is also being exposed to constant problems of rapid urbanization and pollutions levels are going up on account of increased vehicular problems. Naturally, keeping this in view, the decision to have a metro rail has been taken, and Hyderabad Metro Rail will prove to be a boon as it will provide comfortable without any exposure to carbon emissions.

Keeping the constant exposure of Hyderabad citizens to pollution, the decision to have a rapid transport such as HMR will provide much needed respite from noise, stress and tension that is diversely affecting the health of the citizens. Excessive pollution can result in cardio-vascular diseases, lung diseases, throat infection and so forth. One can get relief from tension and stress by inhaling fresh air which is possible only if there are more green trees. HMR is actively involved in Vanadeeksha, that is make Hyderabad green by planting trees and also supply saplings  to  conscious citizens and organizations who will take the initiative to plant trees.

What is Vanadeeksha all about?

HMR has successfully managed to plant trees and enhance greenery in Hyderabad. Today, citizens of Hyderabad are looking forward to a “Green  Hyderabad”, which HMR will ensure via its successful tree plantation drive. Vana Deeksha  Drive began on September 15th and will end on 20th October, 2012. In fact, the event will be over just a day after Biodiversity Convention, an international event on ecological being held at Hyderabad.

HMR is planting trees on reputed universities such as Osmania University and University of Hyderabad, DRDO, HPS, DLRL and in several other parts of the city. In fact, it is hoped that nearly about 50,000 trees will be planted every year, and soon Hyderabad will be so green that it will be a place that a citizen would like to settle down, and those already living would  feel  more safe from pollution based diseases.

Saplings are being given to welfare organizations, citizens, environment conscious individuals, NGOS, student groups etc. to plant trees in their respective areas. In fact, the response has been good.

What are the benefits  of  Vanadeeksha by HMR?

  • Greenery all over the city.
  • Reduction in air pollution.
  • Fresh air to breathe for good health.
  • Green parks to walk around and relax.
  • Climatic changes, as the weather   will  be  more  cool, in other words there will be reduction in global warming.
  • Active involvement of citizens, both young and old in the overall development of the city.

It is indeed worth waiting for the arrival of HMR as one will have the pleasure to live in a city that is evergreen, pleasant and provides enjoyable stay.

 

How Hyderabad Metro Rail make Hyderabad green?

A green Hyderabad is indeed beneficial the local citizens as it would provide them much respite from the heat and adverse weather conditions. Greenery is much soothing to the eyes and also provides attractive surroundings to live in. Although, Hyderabad is undoubtedly green now, but it is hoped that with the arrival of Hyderabad Metro Rail, the green surroundings will be enhanced further.

The HMR via its “Vanadeeksha” has provided saplings to environment conscious citizens such as students, those belonging to residents welfare colonies, other organizations to actively take part in tree plantation drive being promoted by HMR. Obviously, the idea is to generate awareness among the citizens to have better surroundings to live in and also to make sure that they avoid the vagaries of polluted atmosphere.

The success of Vanadeeksha has been such that more efforts are on by HMR to promote tree plantation to preserve the green ecology of the city. Why has HMR been so keen to undertake this greenery drive? Naturally, to ensure a better life for the citizens. How does it benefit the citizens?

How will Hyderabad Metro Rail make Hyderabad green?

Hyderabad Metro Rail hopes to plant lots of tree under tree plantation drive to make citizens feel comfortable while traveling from one place to another and also improve their local environment. Let us observe how the citizens will benefit by
the tree plantation drive of HMR?

  • The surroundings will be very attractive and one will enjoy prefer to live in green surroundings.
  •  The weather will be cool on a hot summery day, and citizens will certainly get much respite from the heat.
  •  Parks will set up in several places in the city for the citizens to sit down and relax after a hard day’s work. The elderly can take walks in the park and children can play.

 

  •  Greenery means more oxygen content in the air and breathing fresh air is essential for the citizens’ good health. Excessive carbon emissions let by too many vehicles has caused a severe set-back to the citizens as many are exposed to cardio-vascular disease, lung diseases and other respiratory diseases. More trees would mean more fresh air to breathe, improving the overall health of the citizens.
  • A green city will attract many visitors who would like to live in a place that is beautiful and attractive to look at. This would mean more tourist revenue for the city, which can be made use of for developing the city further.

Hyderabad is a growing metropolitan city and several MNCs are making foray into the city and leading to an increase in the working population. Naturally, those who are employed and have to travel long distance would like to escape the heat and the dust and prefer to spend their time in a park. The green drive would certainly be welcomed by commuters as they would like to travel through
comfortable surroundings.

How Metro Rail can be helpful in reducing pollution?

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A road transport that is quick and efficient is essential in the present day circumstances for officer- goers and others who are in constant hurry to reach their business set-ups and offices. The need of the hour is for a quick, reliable, dependable and efficient transport that is highly modernized making travel comfortable. Hyderabad is not an exception to this rule also and will soon be
having Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) which will bring much relief to the daily commuters who are fed up with smoke, daily pollution and traffic congestion.

Environmentalists have much to say about the oncoming Hyderabad Metro Rail as they feel it will affect one’s environment by reducing the “green” levels of the city and felling of trees for setting up the project. On the other hand, those who support the arrival of HMR are of a different view and feel that HMR would in fact reduce the pollution levels in the city.

How will HMR reduce the pollution levels in the city?

• There will be less traffic congestion as people will move out less in their own personal vehicles and prefer to travel by HMR. This would mean that there would be fewer vehicles on the road which would prevent traffic congestion.
• HMR plans to have more green parks around the metro stations for the convenience of the citizens. The elderly can stroll leisurely, children can play safely and commuters can relax for a while before going home.
• HMR also plans to plant saplings and trees in several parts of the city to enhance green surroundings and make Hyderabad look beautiful and be pollution-free.
• There would be less traffic on the road since commuters will travel by the metro would mean less carbon emissions. In fact, the carbon emissions have gone up tremendously, that it is affecting the overall health of the individual as they are getting exposed to cardio-vascular diseases, lung diseases, throat infections, cancer etc.
• Elderly also need comfortable travel as they are at a sensitive age, where noise and pollution can affect their health. HMR would certainly be a preferred option for them as there would be no noise at all.
• Increased tree plantation would have much impact over the climate and would reduce the heat. Residents of Hyderabad can feel cool most of the time.

Growing urbanization has resulted in much pollution all over the world. In fact, environment conscious citizens are much concerned with changing patterns in the climate and feel that it would have a negative impact on the climate. In fact, vehicular traffic is on the increase all over the world and even in the developing countries, on account of increased earning potential of the average citizen,
the need for a car has been on rise adding to more vehicular congestion and pollution. Under these circumstances, it is but natural to feel positive about the arrival of HMR.

Distribution of saplings by HMR under Vana Prasadam scheme

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Managing Director, HMR Mr.N.V.S.Reddy inaugurated Vana Prasadam scheme on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi on Tuesday at
the Elders’ Mela meet of senior citizens at Zoroastrian Club, Secunderabad. Speaking on the occasion MD, HMR has stated that in
the light of a large number of enquiries about the availability of plants and assistance for plantation undertaken by HMR in it’s Vana Deeksha program in the city, distribution of saplings has been initiated by HMR under Vana Prasadam scheme. Plants, mostly native varieties, are being distributed to individuals, organizations, and associations free of cost by HMR to increase green cover in Hyderabad.

Senior citizens, students, house wives, and members of resident welfare associations have enthusiastically collected saplings and the
demand is more for Deva ganneru, Neem, Neredu, Spethodia, Techoma, and Pomegranate, he observed. Mr.N.V.S.Reddy mentioned
that saplings can also be collected from the reception counter of HMR at Metro Rail Bhavan near Secretariat on all working days during office hours.

Mr.Rao Chelekani, President, Resident Welfare Associations of Twin Cities and the main organizer of Elders’ Mela thanked HMR for
it’s effort to increase green cover in the city and for free distribution of saplings under Vana Prasadam scheme.

How important are trees in Indian Civilization?

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“Thousands and Hundreds of years if you want to enjoy the fruits and happiness of life, then take up
systematic planting of trees”. (Rig-Veda)

Trees have played a major role in the religious and mythological manifestations of Indian Culture and
mythology as they are considered to be of great value in the sustenance of life as well as preservation
of nature. Since times immemorial trees have been regarded as the symbol of life and growth and has
been associated with wisdom and immortality in India.

Trees have been eulogized in Indian mythology and folklore and several volumes have been written in
several Indian languages praising the importance of trees in our daily existence. For religious bent of
mind Indians, trees are worshipped and are considered to be sacred. Even on certain festivals, trees
are like Tulsi are worshipped and leaves of certain trees such as Neem are tied across the door as it is
considered to be auspicious. In fact, Tulsi is there in every household and women traditionally worship it
for their overall-well-being.

Trees considered to be sacred and having multifarious benefits as well as medicinal qualities have
highly praised in the Vedas, Puranas as well as Epics. For instance, Guatama Buddha received his
“Englightment” under the sacred Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya. Even today, the location is identified with
Knowledge, Wisdom as well as Enlightenment.

“Trees with flowers and fruits satisfy this world. Those who donate a tree are given salvation by the
same trees in the other world.” (Mahabharata).