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Poll campaign goes green in Bengal
PTI
Kolkata, April 29, 2011
First Published: 10:42 IST(29/4/2011)
Last Updated: 10:46 IST(29/4/2011)

With the state pollution control board tightening the noose, political parties have adopted eco-friendly measures during campaign for the Assembly polls in West Bengal this time.

As party workers went round soliciting votes, they kept in mind people's sensitivity about environment by obeying restrictions on the use of loudspeakers, avoiding use of plastics in making party flags and using only diesel generator sets during power cuts, PCB officials said.

Days ahead of the fourth round of the six-phase poll, the pollution watchdog has not received any complaint against violation of its green guidelines issued to all 24 political parties after the campaigning began early last month.

"There have been no complaints because the High Court and the Election Commission supported us when some political parties threatened to go against our guidelines in using loudspeakers," WBPCB's chief law officer Biswajit Mukherjee said.

Also because none of the candidates wanted to attract voter's ire by polluting the environment, Mukherjee observed.

During election campaign, rampant use of loudspeakers by all parties result in noise pollution while a huge quantity of waste materials are generated from the preparation of flags, festoons, banners, etc. which cause environmental hazards.

But with an increased awareness on environmental issues this election season, politicians adopted the 'Go Green' mantra.

Besides following the 55-65 decibel limit while using loudspeakers, the main opposition party Trinamool Congress even introduced banners made from biodegradable jute.

"Ours is a complete eco-friendly campaign as we avoided the use of plastics as much as we could. We are the first political party in West Bengal to have adopted jute for roadside banners.

"Even while using paper for making posters, we didn't cross the limits advised," said Madan Mitra, a party candidate from Kamarhati constituency in North 24-Parganas district.


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