Plogging runs, marts to sell eco-friendly products for a plastic-free Delhi

Oct 02, 2019 09:43 PM IST

New Delhi

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The Delhi government and city municipal bodies came together on Wednesday to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with a special focus on creating awareness against polythene and single-use plastic such as thermocol cutlery, disposable straws and plastic water bottles.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and AAP government organised various activities such as ‘shramdaan’ to clean parks and Yamuna riverbank, plogging runs and ‘clean India pledges’ as mass movement in consonance with PM Modi’s call to “eliminate single-use plastic from India.”

The municipal bodies said they have together collected about 500 metric tonnes of plastic waste from September 11 to October 1, and administered pledges to not use single-use plastic to over 4 lakh students and citizens in Resident Welfare associations, market traders associations and various schools and colleges.

Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal urged citizens for “segregation of biodegradable waste and solid plastic waste for better garbage management in the city.” Thereafter, he flagged off a cleaning programme of Yamuna bank below Geeta Colony flyover organized by the Delhi Police in association with an NGO, United Way NGO. Around 400 participants (students from Delhi University, school students, volunteers and police personnel) participated in it.

Baijal also inaugurated an exhibition by famous Gandhian sculptor, Ram Vanji Sutar , titled ‘BAPU through the eyes of Artists’ at Lalit Kala Akademi. “It is an incredible display of works, life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi by various artists, a must visit for one and all,” he said.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) inaugurated three ‘Saksham Eco Marts’ -- a women’s enterprise to create and sell eco-friendly products like cloth bags, wooden pencils, bamboo toothbrushes, etc. -- at Kautilya Marg, Niti Marg and Jai Singh Road.

Chief Secretary and NDMC chairman Vijay Kumar Dev said, “This initiative will help promote entrepreneurship, empowerment and above all financial literacy among women, besides helping the environment.” The products will be made by women students of NGOs such as WTI, Craft Centre and Aanchal. The sale proceeds will be used for the welfare of women,” said NDMC secretary, Rashmi Singh.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation declared 46 prominent hotels in its area and Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah as “plastic-free,” said officials.

The north and east Delhi municipal corporations also held plogging runs in old Delhi and Laxmi Nagar areas.

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