Srinagar, Sep 17: To make Srinagar city plastic free, the Srinagar municipal corporation has imitated a drive to launch a massive campaign in schools, colleges, public places, religious places and other community centres to spread awareness among the masses about the negative effects of plastic pollution.
Srinagar municipal corporation, Commissioner SMC Athar Amir Khan has recently held a meeting in this regard with all stakeholders and educated them to help eradicate the menace of plastic pollution from Srinagar city.
Senior officials from the Pollution Control Board, Srinagar Development Authority, Forest Department, LCMA, Education, Industries, Panchyat Raj, President, Private School Association, and various NGOs attended the meeting.
The participants during the course of the meeting discussed the details regarding the plastic waste generated in Srinagar city.
During the meeting, it was directed that an information and awareness campaign be launched in all schools, colleges, public places, religious places and other community centres to spread awareness among the masses about the negative effects of plastic pollution.
Commissioner, SMC, also directed the concerned officials to put an effective mechanism in place to deter the use of plastic in the city.
Further discussion focused on the necessity of Eco Club participation in the campaign's success.
Unanimously, it was resolved that SMC and LCMA will work together to conduct a comprehensive mass awareness campaign in the Dal and Nigeen districts in order to educate the public about the negative impacts of plastic and encourage them to abide by the plastic ban.
It was determined that the public address system would be used by the officials.
It was mandated to the responsible officials that a stringent checkup be conducted on a regular basis to ensure no plastic bags are used in these areas because parks and public spaces are a crucial component of the city.
Commissioner SMC issued strict directives to relevant personnel in order to ensure plastic-free markets and limit the use of plastic bags.
Market monitoring teams will be assigned to that end to regularly seize, confiscate, and impose severe penalties on plastic bag dealers, shopkeepers, or even end users.
The meeting attendees underlined the urgent need for an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags and suggested that a suitable proposal in that regard be considered.
In order to fulfil the idea of a "plastic-free Srinagar city" in the upcoming four months, the Commissioner, SMC, instructed the concerned officials to design an efficient plan to implement a comprehensive plastic ban.