CMC president says it will be taken up in four phases
The City Municipal Council (CMC), with an intention to make Shimoga city plastic-free, will launch a year long programme — “Parisara Samrakshana Andolana” (Save Environment Campaign) — on August 15.
Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, CMC president N.J. Rajashekhar said the campaign was planned to convince citizens about the adverse impact of the use of plastics on health, environment and hygiene.
He said the campaign would be taken up in four phases. The first one would be the eradication of plastics, developing greenery in Shimoga, conservation of water, and solid waste management campaign.
Mr. Rajashekhar said that as per the rules, use of plastics thinner than 20 microns had been banned. But the CMC would go a step further to ban use of plastics thinner than 40 microns from August 15.
To control the plastic menace, CMC had already discussed the issue with plastic manufacturers, vendors , members of Stree Shakti Groups, various associations and environmentalists.
They had expressed their support to the campaign , he said.
Mr. Rajashekhar said that out of 120 tonnes of solid waste collected daily, 20 tonnes was plastic. He said that six teams had been formed to take action against those who used plastics thinner than 40 microns.
Mr. Rajashekhar said that a public awareness rally would be held in the city from August 3 to 10 on plastic eradication. Various organisations, including NSS, NCC, Stree Shakti Groups and students of schools and colleges would be involved in this rally.
A jatha would be taken out on August 13, with the participation of nearly 10,000 people as part of the drive.
Former CMC president Shankar and councillor S.N. Channabasappa were present.