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Airport to become plastic-free

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Nedumbassery: In an effort to ensure a plastic-free airport control zone and to position itself as an environment friendly initiative, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has announced plans to replace plastic bags from the retail shops in the airport with bio-degradable plastic carry bags.

“We have given a month’s time for the shops here to sell out their existing stocks and then onwards to use the bio-degradable plastic bags. We are engaged in a contract with the National Development Council (NDC) for the bags that they developed in association with the Centre for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR)”, said C.G. Krishnadas Nair, the managing director, CIAL.

Adding that the new shopping bags would bear the emblem of the CIAL, he expressed the hope that the other Indian airports would follow suit in the drive to go green.

Mr. Nair also spoke of the opening up of a new enhanced duty-free shop facility in the international departure terminal with a thrust on exotic products of India like silk and spices. The new facility, to be opened in a short while and where products would be sold under the brand name CIAL, was expected to stimulate the export of indigenous products. Apart from the duty-free shops owned and operated by the CIAL, the new facility would also include direct outlets of various consumer durables like watches and jewellery.

Earlier, at a function held at the airport, Dr. Nair picked the winners of the shopping carnival organised by the Cochin Duty Free Limited in association with the Federal Bank and Hyundai Motors. Samuel Kadamalayer of Thiruvalla won the prize for August and N.K. Gunavardhane of Thrissur won the bumper prize for September. The winners would drive out with a Hyundai i10 car and a Hyundai Verna respectively.

The function was also attended by senior executives of the sponsors and airport officials.

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