The Forest authorities have banned use of polythene inside Similipal National Park in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district to check environmental pollution.
The authorities of Similipal Tiger Reserve(STR) in collaboration with an NGO kicked off a clean environment campaign to create awareness
among the visiting tourists and the people living in the periphery of the park. At Pithabata, the entry point to Similipal Sanctuary area, field director of STR, Anup Kumar Nayak, inaugurated a sales outlet for local handicrafts and bio-degradable bags.
Articles made of Sabai grass and bamboo along with handicrafts shall be available to the tourists for purchase. Inaugurating the sales outlet on Saturday, Nayak called for use of bags made of biodegradable materials such as paper to create a polythene free sanctuary which would bring respite to the animal kingdom in Similipal. The tourists while visiting the sanctuary shall have to carry their food stuffs and other materials in paper bags, he said.