Make way for India's first town that has installed eco-friendly street stalls made out of recycled plastic waste

New Delhi: Telangana’s textile town – Sircilla now has a unique first to its name – It has become India’s first municipality to set up eco-friendly street vending stalls. What’s interesting is that these stalls have been made using recycled plastic waste with a motive to promote sustainability and green practices in the town. In total, around 600 kgs of plastic waste have been used to build each street shop of size 8 ft x 8 ft, whereas, overall approximately 33,000 kgs of plastic waste has been utilised.

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Speaking to NDTV about the project, an official from Sircilla Municipal Corporation said,

This is the first time the corporation has done something this unique – installing eco-friendly stalls in the town. The street shop installed are fully made from plastic waste, be it its flooring, walls or roof. This is the pilot project wherein 55 stalls have been installed that aims at creating a conducive environment for the street vendors and to further the government’s efforts to promote environmental sustainability.

The eco-friendly stalls were recently inaugurated by Sircilla MLA KT Rama Rao and were handed over to street vendors to run their businesses.

Sircilla MLA KT Rama Rao inaugurating the eco-friendly stalls

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The official further added,

In the near future, the municipal corporation wishes to add and convert all the street stalls with the eco-friendly one. Through this initiative two things will be solved – one it will provide a better environment to the street vendors, secondly, it will promote the concept of recycling and motivate people to live a greener life.

This is not the first time, Telangana has made a point for a greener environment through its unique initiative. Earlier, the state launched Loo Cafes, equipped with smart toilets, cafes, ATM services, and sanitary napkins vending machines. Telangana was also one of the first states in India to install ‘Mini Sewer Jetting’ Machines that make the process of cleaning the clogged sewage lines easier, unlike the conventional machines in a bid to put an end to manual scavenging.

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 pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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