New Delhi: The BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has started a campaign to discourage usage of single-use plastic and it will go on till October 2, officials said on Monday. Chairman of NDMC’s Standing Committee Jai Prakash said all cultural and religious institutes will be motivated to “form crockery banks” for offering community meals instead of using plastic plates and spoons. He said plastic usage has increased to that extent that it is leading to pollution and becoming a major health hazard. The NDMC panel chief told reporters,
So, it is time we should discourage the use of plastic especially the single-use plastic. This awareness campaign would continue till Gandhi Jayanti.
Also Read: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Calls For Better Waste Management System, Asks To End Waste Dumping In Open Drains
Mr. Prakash said awareness material in the form of pledge stickers for no-plastic zone area, and banners have been made. He added,
Employees will take pledge to ‘say no to plastic’ as part of the campaign that thrusts upon discouraging use of plastic made items like bags, glasses, spoon, straw, decorative material, thermocol, packing material and plastic bottles etc., in daily use by the general public.
Mr. Prakash said under this campaign, all employees working in all the six zonal offices will be administrated the pledge to not use plastic in their daily lives.
Also Read: Solid Waste Management In Delhi, A Giant Problem: Experts
All 104 councillors of the NDMC have been requested to distribute handbills in their wards so that every citizen can be made aware of it. Besides, the corporation would make the children aware in corporation schools and a folder will be given to them so that they can also understand the issue and make their parents aware of it.
He said the NDMC will also organise a parents-teacher meeting in schools as part of the drive, adding, cooperation of all area MPs (Members of Parliament) will also be sought in this campaign.
Also Read: Centre’s Biotechnology Department Collects Over 500 Tonnes Plastic Waste In Three Months From Drains In Delhi
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollution, clean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.