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Anti-polythene slogans

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, MARCH 15. Students from various schools in Mylapore joined hands with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) in the `shouting-a-slogan' campaign around the streets of Chitrakulam asking the public to avoid using plastics, especially the `use and throw' variety and thin carry bags.

Mr. Pongalur Palanisamy, Minister for Pollution Control, Mr. N.P. Ramajayam, MLA, Ms. Sheela Rani Chunkath, TNPCB Chairperson, shouted slogans along with the students enlisting shopkeepers and vegetable vendors in the four Mada Streets around the Kapaleeswarar Temple to avoid use of plastics.

The Minister administered the oath to avoid plastic carry bags, plastic cups and other objects made of plastic that cannot be recycled. Ms. Sheela Rani Chunkath said burning of plastics led to emission of toxic dioxins and furans which were carcinogenic.

She suggested that the vendors and public in Mylapore could jointly form a committee to ensure that they consciously made efforts to reduce plastics. Radio sets were distributed to volunteers of eco-clubs in Chennai.

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