Port Blair, June 6: Naval Ship Repair Yard, Port Blair (NSRY, PB) celebrated the World Environment Day on 04 Jun 11 at the Yard complex. The theme selected this year for the Green cause was ‘SAY NO TO PLASTIC’. More than 500 pamphlets, highlighting the ill-effects of plastics and other non - bio degradable materials, were distributed for the benefit of Service and civilian personnel, school children and general public. A number of Banners and Posters depicting the importance of the World Environment Day were displayed at prominent locations to increase the awareness on the ill effects of plastic, among the public. 
NSRY (PB) is the largest industrial establishment catering to the technical needs of the Naval Ships under the Andaman Nicobar Command. Commander Deepak Bahuguna, the Commodore Superintendent of the Yard (CSY) inaugurated the event by planting saplings. The Commodore Superintendent, while addressing, highlighted the importance of World Environment Day and called upon one and all to join the drive against plastic. The CSY reiterated about the ill-effects of the plastic being a non-bio degradable material and its far reaching adverse consequences for generations to come and advised all personnel to use paper/ cotton bags and take a vow not to bring plastic bags to home. 
The anti-plastic drive was conducted in Naval Wharf where in about 200 service and civilian personnel along with the ladies and children participated. A saplings plantation drive was also undertaken in the Yard complex after the anti-plastic drive. Additionally, a lecture was given by Mr Parimal Bose, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Port Blair at the Yard on the various environmental issues affecting the emerald Islands.