An initiative to make Jayanagar Assembly Constituency a plastic-free zone was launched here on Saturday in the presence of stakeholders.

Those present included representatives from educational institutions, hotels, businessmen, non-governmental organisations and others, who discussed measures to be initiated to prevent use of plastics in Jayanagar.

Jayanagar MLA B.N. Vijaykumar, who laid out the action plan, said that alternatives such as paper bags and jute bags should be explored. According to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner Siddaiah, plastics had become a big bane to the municipal body as all storm-water drains are filled with it while the shoulder drains are choked with plastic waste. “The public question us about the quality of asphalting works. The choking of shoulder drains is leading to water stagnation and destruction of the road,” he said. Further, he said that the sewage and plastic had polluted the once-famed water bodies of Bangalore.

Mr. Siddaiah said that the dry waste collection centre, now at the BBMP office, will be extended to all the 198 wards in the city. Adequate budgetary support had been provided to set up dry waste collection centres since about 50 per cent of the solid waste is dry waste. “BBMP requires support of the citizens in making the city plastic free,” he said. President of Bangalore Hotel Owners' Association K. Vasudev Adiga promised to introduce jute and paper products in hotels and educationist K. Samarsimha promised to inculcate awareness about hazards of plastic among children.

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