The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) is planning to conduct a human chain event to raise awareness on complete ban on polythene and single use plastic. Municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said that the date for the event has not been fixed yet, but survey for the route has already been completed. He also said that they are planning to make this human chain as long as up to 50 kilometres.
Pandey said, “The human chain will start from Miyanwala Chowk and will be 50 kilometres long. Every citizen is invited in the event. The date is not confirmed yet.”
According to sources, MCD is planning to include Government officials. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is going to be a part of this human chain. Their target is to involve one lakh people, including school children above IX grade, college students and students who are studying in coaching institutes.
When asked about the ongoing programme in schools he said, “Our plastic banks are already being conducted in the schools.
During morning assemblies also, students are being educated about the side-effects of using polythene. Students are also collecting non-used single use plastic and polythene at their schools. We have already announced that the school collecting the largest amount of plastic and polythene will be awarded with Rs 1lakh, the second place winner will be awarded with Rs 50,000 and the third place holder will be awarded with Rs 25,000.”
When asked about the programme on October 2, he said, “On that day, apart from celebrating Gandhi jayanti, we will be conducting a voluntary contribution programme. In the programme, we, along with rag-pickers, will be collecting plastic and polythene waste spread around in the city area. A sanitation drive will be conducted at ward levels.”
It is pertinent to mention here that MCD was planning to distribute cloth bags in all 100 wards from September 25, but due to some reasons it has been delayed.
According to Municipal Commissioner Pandey, MCD is making an outline as to how to distribute these bags. However, sources state that MCD is still waiting for their bulk order of 50,000 cloth bags to arrive.
Friday, 27 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun