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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).

Polluted Environ Means Risk of Early Death

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Life is worth living for us when we make the best of our environment and enjoy the bounties of nature. A clean and unpolluted environment does wonders to our overall health, and we can be rest assured of longevity of life. Unfortunately, this appears to be more of an ideal situation and the reality is that we are exposed to various pollutants and carbon emissions led by various vehicular and other industrial set-ups which are adversely affecting our health.

What environ pollutants affect us adversely?

Nature, by itself is clean and beautiful and man-made manifestations have resulted in its pollution. To breathe healthy has become difficult these days, and one can get much respite if only one is able spend some leisure time in park. Outside, while moving around the city, one is constantly exposed to polluted air that negatively impacts one’s health and causes serious illnesses and diseases which can result in early death. What causes this unwanted air and noise pollution?

  • Carbon emissions let out by vehicular traffic.
  • Daily vehicular noise.
  • Industrial wastage and emissions that pollute the air and other natural surroundings such as lakes.
  • Unhealthy disposal of garbage.
  • Water-logging, which leads to breading of mosquitoes.
  • Unhygienic surroundings.

How does polluted environ affect us?

  • Carbon emissions let out by vehicular traffic lead to several respiratory diseases and other serious fatal ailments such as cancer.
  • Polluted water can lead to serious stomach ailments.
  • Noisy surroundings can damage the ears and also cause much stress and tensions.
  • Stressful, polluted environment can cause cardiovascular diseases, particularly if one is constantly exposed to noise and pollution.

It is quite evident that polluted environ can cause serious diseases and ailments and lead to early death. We lead fast paced life-styles and the youth is also under tremendous stress to earn their livelihood and lead a better life-style. Similarly, even the children and the elderly do not find proper environment to spend their leisure hours and are exposed to noise and unwanted pollutants.

World-wide much concern has been expressed to ensure better health for the citizens. Environmentalists have voiced their concern at various forums and NGOS have taken up the issue.

How will Hyderabad Metro Rail mitigate the effect of polluted environ?

  • As  vehicular  traffic is a major cause for air- pollution, the arrival of Hyderabad    Metro Rail as a better public transport alternative to counter-act other modes of public transport which tend to release much carbon emissions.
  • Less fatigue and stress as one will not be exposed to unnecessary noise and air-pollution.
  • Dust-free travel.
  • Relaxed travel, easy on the nerves for the elderly, who will certainly find the most comfortable mode of public transport.
  • One need not undergo stress on account of traffic jams, which will in turn positively affect a person’s health.
  • One can travel in comfort and ease long-distance, without suffering from frayed nerves.

The youth as well as other environment- conscious citizens need to take some time and think hard as to how to improve their surroundings for better health and longevity of life. Why die early?… when there is so much to enjoy in life. After all, a life well- lived is well remembered by all.

Travel in HMR will be a Boon to Long Life and Robust Health

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Daily commuting can definitely be a tedious affair if one travels by the present public transport systems inHyderabad. As of now, the city has become a center of world-wide activities, with several MNCs and other major business and educational establishments having made a foray into business world of the city. It is, but natural, that employees of these companies would prefer a public travel mode system that would make it easy and convenient to reach their respective destination. At the same time, the employer would certainly appreciate it if his or her employee reaches his or her place of work very relaxed, as this would enhance overall productivity and profits of the company.

What is the present transport scenario of Hyderabad?

 Daily commuters are much vexed with many public transport issues, making their daily existence rather miserable. In what way, you may ask?

  • One has to wait for a bus in long queue for hours and then end up boarding a crowded one.
  • Too much carbon emissions make breathing very difficult. In fact, the elderly and babies are definitely at major risk of developing respiratory diseases, as they are very vulnerable to outside pollutants and contamination. Even, pregnant women find it difficult to commute in such harsh conditions of travel.
  • Too many vehicles on the road, leading to traffic jams that could make one’s daily commute disgusting. On account of so much traffic congestion, tempers flare up, and people start exchanging unpleasantries with each other, thus making them feel rather fed up with their daily existence. This could   make them grumpy, with a bad disposition throughout day at their place of work, or even after reaching home. Frustrations are taking out on colleagues and work efficiency takes a dip. Sounds pathetic, doesn’t it?
  • Not only are middle-aged people at risk to such unpleasant traffic conditions, even the youth are facing health issues on account of having to cope with unsystematic and unhealthy  traffic conditions.

How will HMR affect the health and life-style of Hyderabadis? 

HMR is expected to provide long-life and robust health to the citizens ofHyderabad, as it is considered to be socio-economically a viable mode of public transport system.

How will it impact the average citizen’s life?

  • Will definitely promote longevity of life, as one can travel in dust free atmosphere.
  • Travel in comfort would certainly ensure that one’s health is not affected negatively.
  • Sitting in the air-conditioned coaches, one will not breathe carbon emissions which can cause serious health problems, at times proving fatal.
  • The green surroundings, and lovely parks close to HMR stations, will permit travellers to take a break and relax in healthy surroundings and breathe fresh and healthy air. Children can play, and elders can take a comfortable stroll.
  • Stress and tension can play havoc with one’s body system, which   one experiences in the present daily commuting. HMR will provide a stress-free ambiance to its commuters.

HMR will make the Hyderabadi live his or her life to the brim by enjoying pleasant ambiance and fresh air, thus ensuring robust health.

 

Hope of mitigating environmental problems

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These days, we all deplore the current facts about the environment. That’s good news, because there were times when people didn’t even know the spellings of global warming and green house gases or carbon credits and footprint. We are developing, moving towards westernization and our souls are occupied with all the technological frenzy 24/7. So yeah, where time to think about what is is going wrong with our environment, what is there in it that can be fixed and of course, who’s having enough time to spare for such ‘social service’. Needless to mention, we all know that it is NOT social service. It is just as selfish as cleaning and maintaining our own homes. As mentioned earlier, we don’t even care to give it a thought, if we would have, things would have been different. Though when we come across these issues some or the other way, say, while reading articles in newspapers or watching TV, reality dawns upon us and there we are ready, by all means, to mourn and complain.

In such conditions, we should be happy that the Government has been cognizant of all the environmental and commuting issues at Hyderabad and that it has decided to start the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project.  It has been kind enough to think of a solution to the daily shambles on the roads of Hyderabad, leading to noise pollution. It has been thoughtful enough to bring life to dream of having decongested traffic on the roads. Environment Protection is luckily one of the key mottos of HMR Project. The inception of Metro Rail would eventually reduce vehicles on the roads which means there will be a reduction in the amount of polluted gases being released into the air. On top of it, HMR strives to be eco-friendly as it is going to run on electricity. Plans about effective and intelligent translocation of trees have also started coming out. Besides such munificent efforts, it is also showing philanthropic gestures by planting over 10,000 saplings and by thinking to develop a green belt all along the border of station locations. Plans of creating flower beds all around by using the metro rail viaduct have also been carved out. All these efforts are being invested only with the hope of making the City a better and greener place to live.

So, now we have a reason to feel good and we can now grumble less about the environmental issues. All we can and should do now is to support the Project in its mottos and plans and pray for a sooner completion of the project and thereby transformation of Hyderabad into a better city.

HMR-A Saviour

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For a large and diverse city like Hyderabad, wherein the total population is over 8 million, transportation facility ought to be efficient and meticulously planned. The City is diversified as people belonging to all sections of society strive here for livelihood. People just cannot avoid the need to move to any part of the city as required. It just becomes evident, how important the transportation facilities and their layout are for people living here. They almost determine the lifestyle of the people through the time they are spending in travelling or commuting and the amount of money they are spending on the daily commuting. That indeed contributes a lot to their lives.

The existing system of mass transportation in the City is not at par with the requirements of the people. Many working men and women have to spend around four hours of the day in travelling leaving almost negligible amount of time for their families. If they think of saving time and opt for a faster transportation service, then it’s going to hurt their pockets. MMTS service is available, but it does not offer frequent train timings and is overloaded with people during peak hours. All the buses, cars, motor bikes running over the City roads result in consolidated and substantial pollution. The traffic that is prevalent in the City causes unavoidable stress and strain to the drivers as well as the travelers.

For mitigating all the listed out problems, the Government has come up with the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project. It is going to be a savior for all the congestion and pollution sufferers of the city. The Metro Rail is going to be helpful for people of the city as the fare is going to be reasonable. The Metro trains are going to be highly frequent, thereby making them quite reliable mode of transport. Its Air Conditioned coaches are going to attract people who want to travel comfortably to their destinations, which in turn, will decrease the number of cars on roads to a large extent. Total number of vehicles will eventually go down and save the city from unnecessary pollution. The Metro tracks are going to cover most of the city, specially three main corridors of the traffic congested road network. The Project also includes the ‘merry go round’ bus services that will carry the commuters to and fro between their homes and nearby HMR stations. Considering all these advantages, it can be clearly understood that HMR is going to help the people in the city to improve the quality of their lives.