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Awareness drive against littering

Special Correspondent

Ban to be enforced in Buddha Purnima Project area after one month



No Plastic Zone: Littering continues throughout the stretch of Necklace Road despite new rules prohibiting plastics.

HYDERABAD: The Buddha Purnima Project Authority (BPPA), which has enforced the ban on the usage and littering of plastic in its jurisdiction, is slowly but surely moving towards its goal by laying emphasis on creating awareness and willing compliance from the public rather than slapping penalty straight away.

The BPPA declared its entire jurisdiction, including the open Necklace Road area and all the major parks, NTR Gardens, Lumbini Park and Sanjeevaiah Park, a plastic-free zone by implementing GO 25 issued way back in 2001, banning plastic and polythene carrybags from June 5, World Environment Day.

Plastic, being a non bio-degradable material, does more harm to the lake environment, besides choking the nalas. “The focus is on creating awareness among visitors to the Necklace Road area and parks through distribution of pamphlets on why plastics are hazardous to the environment. Of 10,000 pamphlets printed, already 5,000 were distributed so far,” said BPPA OSD N.Chandramohan Reddy.

Compliance high

As in NTR Gardens, visitors to Sanjeevaiah and Lumbini parks were being persuaded not to carry plastic covers and take stickers for plastic water bottles for a nominal deposit so that they would bring back the bottles without littering them. Eighty per cent of the visitors comply and when the rest express some difficulty, they were allowed to go with a request not to carry plastic carry bags the next time.

After a month of such an awareness drive, the ban will be enforced strictly, Mr.Reddy says. On the Necklace road, the security persons employed by the BPPA for infrastructure protection were doubling up as watch and ward staff to prevent people from littering. Importantly, vendors for whom awareness workshops were held earlier, were complying with the ban and any violation would result in cancellation of their licences.

Tie-up planned

BPPA was also contemplating tying up with a local NGO for selling recyclable garbage so that energy costs could be saved.

Approximately, 50 per cent of garbage, including plastic, paper, metal, ice-cream sticks, etc., generated in the BPPA area would be recyclable.

Another vermi-composting facility at Sanjeevaiah Park is proposed in addition to the existing one at the STP near the Necklace road to turn garden and other biodegradable waste into manure.

The special clean-up drive launched by BPPA to lift the accumulated garbage from the lake shore was on with the recent rain bringing in more garbage from Kukatpally nala, he said. About 70 per cent of garbage was lifted so far, he said.

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