Keep iconic all-women market clean: MAHUD Min

Keep iconic all-women market clean: MAHUD Min
Manipur MAHUD minister leading a cleanliness drive in and around Imphal’s iconic all-women market on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 29 | Publish Date: 9/29/2019 11:37:52 AM IST
Manipur MAHUD minister Th Shyamkumar who termed the iconic all-women market complex in the heart of Imphal city as mirror of Manipur, called for keeping the complex always clean on Sunday. He said that Khwairamband Ima Keithel (all-women market), has been one of the most important tourists attraction centres of the state.
“Keeping Asia’s largest women’s market neat and clean will not be possible without the support of all the stakeholders, including the women vendors and customers,” the minister said. Stating that cleanliness is next to godliness, he hoped that a clean Manipur will put the state on the tourist map of the world. He added that tourism is the only future hope of Manipur.
The minister was talking to reporters on the sideline of a cleanliness drive in and around the women market complex with an aim to keep the area neat and clean in view of the 123rd birth anniversary  of Lamyanba Hijam Irawat on September 30 and 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.
The cleanliness drive was jointly organised by the Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) and Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) along with the Manipur Police Department, Manipur Fire Service, women vendors of Ima Keithel and different civil society organisations. 
Taking part in the drive, the minister appealed the people of the state to replace plastic with biodegradable items, observing that plastic pollution has become a major cause of concern for the world. He said, “As plastic pollution is a major cause of concern, mass campaign on the ban is being held across the globe,” and asked “why shouldn’t  people of Manipur participate in it.”
He said  plastic has toxic pollutants that damage the environment and cause land, water, and air pollution. Burning of plastics in open air causes environmental pollution and releases poisonous chemicals causing deadly diseases like cancer.  “For a healthy lifestyle which we all yarn for, we need to stop using plastic,” he added. The minister informed that MAHUD and IMC were carrying out the Swachhata Hi Seva (cleanliness is true service) campaign to create awareness on the nationwide ban of single-use plastics from the  October 2. The campaign has been carried out across the state through the district administrations, he added.  It is worth mentioning here that Manipur will join the nation in banning six items made of plastics in an attempt to scrap single-use plastic in the state from October 2 to coincide with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the goal to make India free of single-use plastics by 2022.
The banned items include plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets. The ban on the first six items of single-use plastics will clip 5-10 percent from India’s annual consumption of about 14 million tonnes of plastic. 

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