GMR Hyderabad International Airport and Airport Security Group CISF Organize Telangana ku Haritha Haaram

 GMR Hyderabad International Airport in collaboration with

the Airport Security Group of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) organized Telanganaku

Haritha Haaram, #GreenIndiaChallenge function at Hyderabad Airport City near GMR Arena.

Sri Joginapally Santosh Kumar, the Honourable Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha was the

Chief Guest of the event. In participation were Sri Pradeep Panicker, CEO, GHIAL, Sri MK

Singh, DIG/Chief Airport Security Officer, CISF, Sri Bharat Kamdar, Head – Security, GHIAL

amidst the presence of CISF personnel and airport officials. 

Sri Joginapally Santosh Kumar planted a sapling of neem followed by Sri Pradeep Panicker, Sri.

MK Singh and other key airport officials. Approximately 600 saplings were planted by the

airport CISF personnel during the event. These saplings which were planted were of native

species and well-developed hardy plants, easy for them to sustain and grow. Some of the key

saplings planted included – Neem/ Azadirachta indica; Pongamia/ Pongamia glabra; Bauhinia/

Bauhinia accuminata; Acacia/ Acacia auriculiformis; Pink Tabebuea/ Tabebuia rosea; Gulmohar/

Dalonix regia; Jacaranda/ Jacaranda mimosifolia among others. These plants will be maintained

by the airport under its green initiative. 

The Hyderabad International Airport has a natural ecosystem that supports the life of various

flora and fauna. The management of GHIAL is taking several efforts by maintaining plant

nursery, huge landscape, and rainwater harvesting across the airport. The main access road of the

airport offers 12 km long four-tiered landscape at its both sides. This comprises lawn, ground

cover, shrubs and trees. 3 mt median running through this 12km stretch of the road is dotted with

shrubs, plam trees equipped with cloud-based fully automated irrigation system.

As a Level 3+/Carbon-neutral’ airport, Environmental Sustainability has been one of the driving

themes in the development of the Hyderabad Airport, and it permeates every aspect of the

airport’s infrastructure and operations to this day. The airport has a ‘green’ passenger terminal

building, which has won the ‘Silver’ rating in ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’

(LEED) certification in the year 2008 by the US Green Building Council. Apart from the green

terminal building. The airport also has a 10 MW capacity captive solar power plant, for its

energy needs. The airport is also on its way to becoming a 100% LED airport and has the laurel

of being the first in South India and only the 2nd in India to have the entire taxiway edge lights

replaced from halogen lamps to energy efficient LED lamps.

RGIA proactively engages with the employees, airlines, ground handlers, concessionaires, flight

kitchens, cab operators and influences them to adopt water efficient practices. The airport also

actively promotes environmental awareness to sensitize the airport community and the

passengers by observing various days like World Environment Day, World Forestry Day, Earth

Day, etc.

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