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India takes on plastic pollution this World Environment Day

economy | Jun 4, 2018 11:00 PM IST

India takes on plastic pollution this World Environment Day

India is going to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5, in association with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), on the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.”

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Pollution spread from the use of plastics, of any kind, has been affecting the environment, where a study by the World Economic Forum said, by 2050 there will be more plastics in the ocean than the fishes.
In a recent event in Thailand, a pilot whale died due to consumption of 80 plastic bags, instead of squids and octopus, on which it normally feeds.
So what measures does India has taken up to prevent and ban the single-use of plastic in the country?
Out of the 29 states and union territories, 25 have have implemented various levels of ban on the use of plastics. State legislations vary from partial bans to complete ban on the use of plastics.
In 2017, Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation began a drive under the "smart city" initiative to introduce bio-bags.
In an effort to tackle pollution at historical sites, the government has envisioned a plan to make 500 metres around a hundred sites, including the Taj Mahal, pollution free.
“Plastic straws are one of the most useless inventions,” Erik Solheim, Head of United Nations Environment Programme said on his visit to India, earlier this year.
The National Green Tribunal in the National Capital Region, which takes up cases related to violation of environmental laws, has banned disposable plastics in the country’s capital. Moreover, the University Grants Commission (UGC), the governing body for universities in India has directed to ban plastics on the university campus.
In a metro like Mumbai, which is overly crowded, the Mumbai metro authorities have installed plastic crushers at six out of 10 stations.
Even Patna Zoo has banned plastics which are less than 50 microns thick.
The leaders and celebrities across the world have come together, to fight the pollution caused by the use of plastics around the world.
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