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?Govt mulls Act to ban polythene?

A NUMBER of programmes were organised across the City on Monday to mark the World Environment Day. In a function organised by Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO), Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the State Government was considering formulating an Act to prohibit the use of harmful polythene.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 14:46 IST

A NUMBER of programmes were organised across the City on Monday to mark the World Environment Day. In a function organised by Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO), Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the State Government was considering formulating an Act to prohibit the use of harmful polythene.

In seventh annual seminar on ‘role of youth in pollution control’ of the Pradushan Niwaran Yuvak Sangathan, Governor Dr Balram Jakhar called for such an awareness campaign that leads every person to consider environment protection as personal responsibility.

At the EPCO function, thee Chief Minister observed that the polythene littered around garbage dumping points particularly in the cities was causing death of cows and other cattle and bringing awareness among people and formulating an appropriate
Act for putting check on such practices was the need of the present time.

Chouhan went round the exhibition put up on the occasion at Bittan Market Ground and distributed prizes to the winners of the drawings and other similar competitions organised for children by the EPCO.

Housing and Environment Minister Jayant Malaiya said that the EPCO was constantly making efforts for environmental improvement. He informed that the State Government would give 10 per cent discount in the property tax on ensuring use of rain water in the construction of big buildings.

EPCO Executive Director J S Mathur and Urban Administration Principal Secretary P D Meena also addressed the function. In another function, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan released a short duration film on ‘Water Bird’ here today. Based on environment, the film has been produced by the journalists Lalit Shastri and Rajshri Shastri.

The seminar on ‘role of youth in pollution control’ was organised at the NITTTR auditorium and the chairman of the NITTTR presided over the function. Speaking further at the seminar, the Governor said, “If we have to give good life to our future generations, we will have to maintain the environmental balance”. Mayor Sunil Sood was also present and said that every day one should think about environment protection. Sanjeev Sharma proposed the vote of thanks.

The Disaster Management Institute (DMI) organised a training programme on Disaster and Environment Management for the teachers of various Kendriya Vidyalayas of the country to mark the occasion. Pollution Control Board member-secretary B K Singh was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony.

DMI Director Dr Rakesh Dubey was present and education officer of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Nirmala Mohanan was the special guest.

A special programme was organised at the Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) on the occasion and was participated by about 100 children. Of these children, 35 were selected through lottery for summer camp of the RMNH. Former IFS officer and former vice-chancellor of Barkatullah University Dr Ram Prasad was the chief guest.

The Mahila Morcha of the Bharatiya Janata Party undertook tree plantation at Shiv Mandir Depot Chouraha in the presence of MLA Umashankar Gupta, district president Surendranath Singh, corporator Sharda Pantawne, Sunita Nema and others. The Anubhuti Samaj Kalyan Samiti organised a workshop on preparation of biofertilisers at village Satlapur with support of EPCO.

Janpad Panchayat vice-chairman Badriprasad Lowanshi was present. The Manbhavan Beautician Training and Education Committee organised cleaning, compost making, tree plantation and awareness activities at Banganga to mark the occasion. Director of institute Rajendra Kumar Tanwar was present.

The Paryavaran Bachao Andolan started a tree plantation campaign at the Indus City campus to mark the day. The organisation would carry on with the environment protection activity, president Vineet Tiwari said.

The MP Karmachari Sangh (daily wagers’ association) also organised a tree plantation programme at the Van Bhawan campus at Tulsi Nagar. About 101 saplings of Bougainvillea, Gulmohar, Peepal and other trees were planted.The Feelings Smile Youth Association held a demonstration with message to make Bhopal Polythene free at Iqbal Maidan and Sadar Manzil. Pravin Dhoulpure, Poornima Date, Pravin Parashar, Rehbar Khan, Dinesh Khatri and Adil Khan were present.