Kolkata’s NCC launches environment awareness programme

Kolkata's National Cricket Club, taking a cue from the BCCI, planted saplings at Eden Gardens as well as other grounds in Kolkata Maidan as part of 'Cricket for Environment' programme on the occasion of World Environment Day.

Saplings were planted at the Eden Gardens and other grounds in the adjoining Kolkata Maidan.   -  K. R. Deepak

Taking a cue from the ‘Green Initiative’ of the Indian cricket board, the National Cricket Club (NCC) here on Sunday initiated 'Cricket for Environment', a programme for planting saplings and distribution of bins for waste.

The NCC planted saplings at Eden Gardens as well as other grounds in Kolkata Maidan on the occasion of World Environment Day.

"Today, being the World Environment Day, we thought of encouraging young budding cricketers about awareness and the role they can play as youth of the country in balancing nature by way of planting of trees and nurturing it," NCC President Avishek Dalmiya said in a release.

"We are also extremely impressed with the green initiative conceived by BCCI President, Mr. Anurag Thakur. The moves would help in preserving and improving the environment," he added.

"Apart from planting plenty of saplings at the iconic Eden Gardens and other grounds in Kolkata Maidan, the initiative also included ‘Take a walk to Dump’ programme, which featured distribution of waste bin," NCC Secretary Niraj Kajaria said.

"We explained to more than 100 young talents who had participated today as to why they should walk down to the nearest bin since by doing so, they would not only help in keeping the place clean and environment friendly but would also keep themselves away from various diseases and fly bites."

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