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South Mumbai residents say no to plastic for a green future

The participants, which included shopkeepers, students, and local NGOS, walked from Bay View Marina at GD Somani road to Cuffe Parade garden.

mumbai Updated: Dec 11, 2017 00:27 IST
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Hindustan Times
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Actress Juhi Chawla with schoolchildren at the Cuffe Parade Residents’ Association’s rally on Sunday(IANS)

Cuffe Parade Residents’ Association (CPRA) held a rally on Sunday to spread awareness about the need to ban plastic.

The participants, which included shopkeepers, students, and local NGOS, walked from Bay View Marina at GD Somani road to Cuffe Parade garden.

Actor Juhi Chawla, who has been vocal about her views on the plastic ban, was also a part of the rally.

Apart from raising awareness through skits and speeches, CPRA installed a PET bottle recycling plant in Cuffe Parade garden in collaboration with Rotary Club of Bombay.

According to Rajesh Shah, head of the club’s environment committee, the machine cost over Rs2 lakh and has the capacity to recycle thousands of bottles per day, which they intend to collect from 29 residential buildings in the locality.

“It is possible for these machines to be installed by the civic body across the city, provided that a proper collection mechanism is put in place. For our machine, we have provided 2 non-polluting tricycles to collect garbage from the residents,” said Shah.

Kunti Oza, head of the NGO Clean Mumbai Foundation, said, “We had launched the campaign in October and have received a positive response in Cuffe Parade.”

“As a part of the campaign, we often put up posters in buildings to encourage residents to use paper and cloth bags as a substitute to plastic,” she added.

Corporator Harshita Narwekar said, “Around 60-70 per cent of shops have switched to cloth bags made by local NGOs. Involving schoolchildren helps us spread awareness more effectively. We have involved school children from municipal schools to help spread awareness in the neighbouring slums,” she said.

Assistant municipal commissioner, Kiran Dighavkar, who also attended the rally, said, “CPRA is the first residents’ group in the city to strive for a complete plastic ban.”

“We are trying to convince shopkeepers of three municipal markets, including Crawford market, to switch to plastic alternatives. Another PET bottle recycling machine will be installed at a dry-waste segregation center this month.”

First Published: Dec 11, 2017 00:12 IST