Over 2,500 persons participate in ‘City Clean Campaign'
Residents and commercial establishments within corporation limits using non-degradable non-recyclable plastic products will have to face stringent legal action hereafter as the urban local body has banned the production, sale and use of these highly harmful produce from July 8 onwards.
To highlight this ban and create awareness among the public on the proscription that has come into effect, the corporation organised a massive ‘City Clean Campaign' on Thursday by involving more than 2,500 persons including students from schools and colleges, members of residents' welfare associations, volunteers and its conservancy workers to collect plastic waste from 124 places, where the highly harmful waste had been heaped in large quantities.
Minister for Environment, Youth Welfare and Sports T.P.M. Maideen Khan inaugurated the campaign at Maharaja Nagar on Thursday evening in the presence of Collector M. Jayaraman, Mayor A.L. Subramanian, Deputy Mayor K. Muthuramalingam and Corporation Commissioner N. Subbaian. The Minister and others pasted the anti-plastic awareness stickers at the main entrance of the nearby housesand other commercial establishments.
Later they also joined hands with the students of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Silver Jubilee Matriculation Higher Secondary School in collecting the plastic waste dumped on the roadside.
A total of 20 corporation vehicles were pressed into service to carry the collected plastic waste while four earthmovers were used to remove the plastic waste dumped in the irrigation and drainage channels.
The Indian Bank, on its part, provided snacks to the participants.
Tirunelveli Town area: Bharathi Corporation Higher Secondary School, Jawahar Government High School, Manthiramurthy Higher Secondary School, Corporation Kallanai Higher Secondary School and Little Flower Matriculation Higher Secondary School.
Pettai area: MDT Hindu College, Kamaraj Corporation Higher Secondary School and Meenakshi Matriculation School.
Thatchanallur area: MDT Hindu College Higher Secondary School, Corporation Girls' Higher Secondary School, Meenakshipuram (for Tirunelveli Junction) and Cathedral Higher Secondary School (for Vannarpet).
Palayamkottai area: St. John's College and Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Silver Jubilee Matriculation Higher Secondary School (for Maharaja Nagar and Farmers' Market areas), Bell Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Oasis Matriculation School and Rose Mary Matriculation Higher Secondary School (for V.M. Chathram and KTC Nagar), St. Xavier's College and Magdalene Matriculation Higher Secondary School (for Shanthi Nagar).
Melapalayam area: Rose Mary Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Pushpalata Matriculation Higher Secondary School and Sarah Tucker College (for Perumalpuram, Anbu Nagar and Thiyagaraja Nagar), Rahmania Higher Secondary School, Muslim Higher Secondary School, Quaide Milleth Higher Secondary School and RC High School (for Jinnah Thidal, Aaminpuram, Azad Road, Veeramanickapuram and Kulavanigarpuram).
Besides the students, residents' welfare associations of Balaji Avenue, Balabagya Nagar, Sugar Mill Colony, North Balabagya Nagar, EB Colony, Jaya Nagar, Raja Rajeshwari Nagar, State Bank Colony, Bharathi Nagar, Pothigai Nagar, Pon Vizhaa Nagar, Anbu Nagar Apartments, Ram Nagar, Mullai Nagar, NGO Colony, Canara Bank Colony and Ponmani Colony also took part in the campaign.
Over 1,500 Kg of plastic waste was collected. We'll conduct surprise checks in all business establishments in the days to come for this banned product and initiate legal action against those who are found to be in possession of plastic products,” Dr. Subbaian.