New Delhi, Jun 22: The naval personnel of the naval base at Kochi, INS Venduruthy have resolved to undertake the cleaning up of the 2.5 Km long 'Backbay' channel, to make it plastic free and devoid of all non–biodegradable wastes.
A team of 300-400 naval personnel led by Southern Naval Command (SNC) Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Vice Admiral AK Chawla kickstarted the endeavour of removing the considerable amount of plastic waste which had accumulated in the Backbay channel - also called as 'Venduruthy channel' - over the years thereby depleting the mangroves and affecting the local flora and fauna, an Indian Navy spokesperson said.
The channel, connects to the Kollam-Kottapuram channel, and runs along the western side of the naval residential enclave of Katari Bagh.
Shakritha Suresh Babu, the local councillor was also present during the event.
Four truckloads of non-biodegradable waste were removed by the personnel during the day's activity.
INS Venduruthy has taken various initiatives to clear the channel on a regular basis and to also plant 'Vetiver' (also known as Ramacham in Malayalam) plants that are known to prevent soil erosion and to restore the natural ecosystem. Furthermore, towards keeping the Naval Base and Katari Bagh clean and green, sustainable in-house solutions have been implemented.
The event coincides with the Platinum Jubilee year of INS Venduruthy which is also the oldest naval base of the country. As part of the Platinum Jubilee INS Venduruthy is also carrying out various outreach activities. These include extending help to the residents of Vathuruthy Village – which adjoins Katari Bagh – majority of whom are migrant labourers, the spokesperson said.
Campaigns are being conducted by Venduruthy in the neighbourhood of Vathuruthy Village, to create awareness about garbage and waste disposal to the residents.
Additionally, refurbishment works worth Rs 10 lakh were also undertaken by Venduruthy at the Government Destitute Home at Palluruthy and a number of welfare measures are being extended to the Destitute Home on a regular basis.
INS Venduruthy, the flagship of the Southern Naval Command (SNC), is one of the premier establishments of the Indian Navy.
The unit provides logistic and administrative support to virtually all naval activities in Kerala and specifically to a number of units under the SNC. (UNI)