- Juhi Chawla expressed happiness over the plastic ban decision
- The actor said that the problem of plastics cannot be ignored anymore
- She also said that she believed in the success of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
New Delhi: The Maharashtra government’s decision to ban plastic has been appreciated by many and is receiving praise from all corners. The plastic ban, which is likely to come into effect from March 2018, will see the banning of all plastic bags, irrespective of their thickness. The plastic ban was announced on September 2017, and the Maharashtra government has already planned the deployment of teams to Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka to emulate the mechanism used by these states to keep plastic banned. Actor Juhi Chawla, who has long been an advocate of denouncing plastic, expressed her happiness over the state government’s decision.
As per the state government’s decision, plastic bottles and bags will be completely banned from government office premises, schools and government programmes from early 2018 before the move is extended to private offices. While participating in a plastic free parade on December 10, the actor expressed her happiness that awareness on plastic’s harmful nature was catching up among people and will only grow in the coming days. The parade was organised by the Cuffe Parade Residents Association (CPRA). The actor was once a resident of the residential society where the event was held.
When I heard that the Maharashtra government and the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation), has taken the decision that by next Gudi Padwa, all plastic bags will be banned, it made me very happy, said Juhi Chawla.
The actor said that she did not endorse anything without good reasons and her call to go plastic free was also based on similar lines. People may think that plastic bags and bottles are convenient, but the importance of how plastics hamper the environment cannot be ignored anymore and hence, such a move was necessary. The actor added that thousands of animals and birds died on a daily basis due to plastic bags. Plastics were also leading causes of water pollution and endangered children, the actor said. Earlier this year, in July 2017, the actor had tweeted about the importance of using alternatives to plastic bags and urged people to bring in change.
Super happy & thrilled to start this garbage free initiative from the same place i spent 20 golden years of my life at…???????? A well spent sunday morning..!! #alagsoch #TeamJuhiChawla pic.twitter.com/qFbZPgb94k
— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) December 10, 2017
In 2014, Supreme Court observed that if plastic bags are not banned or manufacturers didn’t take the plastic bag and did something with it, the harmful effects would be so severe, it will be worse than an atom bomb, the actor said.
The actress spoke about how plastics have become a global problem and it was not only the state of Maharashtra, but the whole world was trying to do something about it. She said that there is something to learn from the actions taken by countries to curb plastic usage and pollution, such as Kenya which recently banned plastic bags throughout the country.
Juhi Chawla also spoke at length about Swachh Bharat and said that she believed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India cleaner by 2019 and was confident that the mission’s set goals would definitely be achieved.