Bandipora : Additional District Development Commissioner Bandipora Afsar Ali Khan on Tuesday kick started a mega anti-polyethene drive in the town launched by Municipal Council Bandipora (MCB) in a bid to put a blanket ban on single-use plastic.
An awareness Camp was organised by MCB at Nishat Park that was attended by councilors, traders, Anganwari workers, Asha workers and school children.
President MCB Khursheed Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer MCB, Medical Officer DH Bandipora, Tehsildar Bandipora, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Bandipora and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion ADDC Bandipora appreciated the efforts of MCB to eradicate the menace of polyethene use. He said that polythene and other single use plastics are extremely harmful to the environment and public health. He sought the cooperation of civil society in this campaign and said the joint efforts will yield results and will help us to protect environment.
Khan said the polyethene is the major agent of pollution of our water bodies and has destroyed majority of irrigation kuls and streams. He said the frequent floods and water logging in towns and villages is because of presence of polyethene in every water bodies that chock the free flow of water..
President MCB Khursheed Ahmad said campaign would be extensive and sustainable having a focus not only on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle but also to Remove Polythene from day to day routine. He said during the campaign they will sensitize the people about the ill effects of the polyethene and will motivate them to refuse taking or stocking it and also to report i.e. provide information to the concerned authorities on finding a person selling, stocking or carrying polythene bag.
He said no one shall sell goods or commodities in polythene or prohibited plastic bags. No one shall stock or hoard prohibited polythene or single-use plastics. No one shall use or carry goods in bags made of prohibited polythene or single-use plastic products.
Later ADDC also flagged off a rally of students at Nishat Park . The students marched through different markets of the town upto Gulshan Chowk. The students were holding placards highlighting the ill effects of polyethene use.