Tuticorin: Stress on solid waste management

Go for a plastic-free environment, says Sports Minister

Tuticorin: “Grow trees,” Minister for Environment, Sports and Youth Welfare, T.P.M. Maidheen Khan, said here on Friday while speaking at an awareness programme on solid waste management and segregation of plastic organised by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board in association with Tuticorin Corporation.

He said that a drive would be launched in all districts for a plastic-free environment.

Residents should refrain from dumping waste in public to lead a hygienic life, Minister for Social Welfare; P. Geetha Jeevan said.

R. Balakrishnan, Chairman, TNPCB, said Tuticorin was the third district, which had been chosen in the southern region of Tamil Nadu for the drive.

The combined efforts of TNPCB, India cement and Corporation would bear fruits.

Collector G. Prakash, Mayor of Corporation, R. Kasthuri Thangam, S. Nanda Kumar, India Cement, P. Kubendran, Commissioner (Corporation) spoke.

Assistance to the tune of Rs. 13, 43, 440 was extended to 101 beneficiaries and free house site pattas to 26 persons. Saplings were planted on the premises of a school.

Later, Mr. Khan flagged of a rally by students to create an awareness of evil impacts of plastic usage.

From THE HINDU

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Mumbai: Soon, BMC markets to go ‘plastic-free’

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to make its markets ‘plastic-free’ in a bid to encourage ban on plastic bags. The civic body wants buyers in its 92 markets across the city to turn to paper and cloth bags.

The BMC will employ women from local self help groups to manufacture paper and cloth bags that will be available for sale at the municipal markets. Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said that they expect citizens to purchase these bags and slowly stop using plastic bags. Individual vendors in these markets will stop giving plastic bags thinner than 50 microns.

“When a person buys a cloth bag, he will have a tendency to reuse it and stop asking for plastic bags all together. We are looking at this campaign as a habit-inducing exercise,” said Mhaiskar. The campaign will kickstart on January 26 in two municipal markets, Mhaiskar added.

From Indian Express

Nagapattinam: Pongal tourism fest

NAGAPATTINAM: On the occasion of the harvest festival, a Pongal Tourism fest would be organised at Poompuhar on January 13. The fest would be inaugurated at 3 p.m. at the Melayur. The tourism fest would usher in the theme of a plastic-free environment. Folk and cultural programmes, dance and rangoli competitions and silambattam would be organised.

from THE HINDU

Plastic Free: Kanpur Nagar Nigam initiates polythene free zone in the city

KANPUR: In a novel move to make city polythene free, Kanpur Nagar Nigam (KNN) has identified seven pious ghats of the city and declared them as `The Polyethene Free Zone’. These include Sarssaiya Ghat, Bhagwat Das Ghat, Siddhnath Ghat, Parmat Ghat, Rani Ghat, Bhairav Ghat and Ganga Barrage.

However, a fine of Rs 200 would be imposed in case of non-compliance of the new rule. The municipal commissioner Rajeev Sharma while talking to TOI said: “making these ghats polyethene free zone is first of its kind initiative taken by the department. These ghats are considered because of its religious importance.” The rule has been framed under the Section 437 of Nagar Nigam Act.

Mentioning about Parmat Ghat that has turned into a garbage bin by excess dumping of rotten flowers, polyethene bags, coconut shells and other `puja samgri’. To top that, a big `nullah’ flowing in river Ganga throws all the disposal waste of houses located near by. Similarly, at Sarssaiya Ghat cleanliness drive is conducted only during the time of festive season, while the remaining time, garbage remains littered at the Ghat.

Therefore, in an initiative to retain the beauty of the ghats, KNN has declared the areas as polythene free zone. In these places, the devotees’ would not be allowed to throw plastic bags directly into the holy river. Dustbins would be placed on the ghats. Further, no one would be allowed to bring `Hawan samgri’ in plastic bags and no tobacco packets would be sold at the ghats.

It is to be mentioned that despite the inspections are carried out against the erring manufacturers and recyclers of polyethene bags illegally by concerned agencies, the officials too have expressed their helplessness to discourage the use of plastic bags owing to public connivance.

According to the Central ruling notifications — polythene bags should be of a minimum thickness of 20 microns and strictly adhere to the ISO colour coding. Notably, in spite of the Central ruling, rampant recycling is taking place in the city. The markets were flooded with plastic and polythene bags of less thickness.

From TOI