Port Wings News Network:
As part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Swachhta Pakhwada & Swachhta Hi Seva 2019 programme was organized in Cochin Port Trust during 11 September to 02d October, 2019 with various cleaning activities and awareness programmes.
The programmes were formally launched by Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) on 20 September 2019.
A cycle rally with the motto “Burn Carbohydrates not Hydrocarbon” to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Fit India Movement was launched by the Minister by taking part in cycling with the employees of Cochin Port Trust, CISF personnel, students of Kendriya Vidyalaya and members of Muziris Cyclists Club on the same day.
Employees of Cochin Port Trust were engaged in cleaning of work places, office premises and public spaces within the Port area in Willingdon Island during the above period. Shramdan was conducted by Cochin Port Trust employees at places outside the Port area such as heritage area near Fort Kochi Beach and sides of National Highway / CoPT promenade in Willingdon Island.
100 truckloads of garbage, vegetation, wooden logs etc were removed from different places in Willingdon Island to the designated dumping ground during the Pakhwada period. Cleaning activities were also carried out in small boats, tugs etc. of Cochin Port Trust. Various awareness classes on importance of cleanliness and steps to be taken to reduce Single Use Plastic (SUP) were conducted by the departments.
Various competitions such as painting, slogan writing & poster designing for students, short film contest (prepared using mobile phone camera) for employees / family members of Cochin Port Trust were also held during the period.
“Eco Studio” – a space for ecologically inspired employees, was opened in Cochin Port Trust where employees who create eco friendly alternatives for plastic / who creates artefacts out of plastic waste, showcase their works of art.
Employees of Cochin Port Trust brought Single Use Plastic (SUP) waste from their homes and deposited in the bins placed for the purpose in different parts of the Port on 01st October, 2019. The 200 Kg plastic waste so collected will be shredded and utilized for road tarring within the Port area later this month.
In order to encourage employees to reduce use of plastic pen “Paper pen with Seed” were procured and distributed to all employees of Cochin Port Trust.
In order to discourage use of Single Use Plastic (SUP) shopping bags, very good quality cloth bags were procured by Cochin Port Trust and distributed to employees at a very discounted price.
Cultural wing of Cochin Port Trust staged a 30 minute Street Play on the menace of plastic waste at four locations on 01-10-2019. (Kendriya Vidyalaya Port Trust, St. Sebastian’s HSS, Thoppumpady, Jnanodayam Public School, Edacochin, and Kalamukku Junction, Vypin).
To mark the conclusion of Swachhta Pakhwada & Swachhta Hi Seva 2019, on the Gandhi Jayanthi day, Cochin Port Trust in coordination with CISF and Kendriya Vidyalaya Port Trust organized Plogging activity (Jogging and picking plastic waste) on the roads within Willingdon Island on 02 October 2019. About 500 participants including employees of Cochin Port Trust, CISF personnel and students of KV Port Trust school attended the event.
Dr. M. Beena IAS, Chairperson flagged off the Plogging activity at a function held at Kendriya Vidyalaya Port Trust on 02-10-2019 at 8.30 a.m. At the valedictory function held at Samudrika Convention Centre, Cochin Port Trust at 9.30 a.m, the Chairperson distributed prizes to winners from different categories.
M/s. Ambuja Cements received the best maintained and clean office of lessees of Cochin Port Trust, while M/s. Penna Cements received the second prize in the category.
Office of the Traffic Manager clinched the first prize in best maintained and clean offices in Cochin Port Trust, while second prize went to Office of the Chief Engineer, and Office of the Chief Medical Officer received the third prize.
Sri. Sudheer. S, Traffic Dept, received the award for individual employee who lead very good examples towards reducing plastic waste by re-use of Single Use Plastic (SUP).
In best 3-minute short film on Swachhta theme, shot on mobile phone camera, first prize went to Sri. K.B. Abigosh, Accountant, GAD, second prize to Sri. O.B. Gineesh Kumar, PS to Chairman, and third prize to Sri. P.B. Subrahmanian, Fireman, Marine Dept.