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Meghalaya launches ‘Beat Plastic Pollution with Sla & Pla’

Correspondent Shillong, Oct 28 | Publish Date: 10/28/2019 11:59:46 AM IST

The Meghalaya government on Monday launched the project “Beat Plastic Pollution with Sla & Pla (Leave and Cloth Bag)” in Shillong to eradicate plastic and use other environmental friendly carry bag/packing materials.

The project is a mission mode initiative of the Meghalaya State Planning Board. The objective of the programme is to give an awareness and more in-depth knowledge on how to eradicate plastic and use other environmental friendly carry bag/packing materials.

The project is being catalysed and supported by Meghalaya State Planning Board, State Council of Science Technology & Environment in collaboration with the office of the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills, Shillong Municipal Board, Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board, Directorate of Social Welfare, Directorate of Tourism, Directorate of Urban Affairs, State Council of Science Technology & Environment, Laitumkhrah Dorbar Shnong besides other stakeholders.

Chairman of Meghalaya State Planning Board, Lambor Malngiang said that the effects of plastic bags on the environment are quite devastating and needs to be controlled. “We know that plastic are the major contributors to pollution on earth and has become a global concern,” he said and asserted that it was time to take the problem seriously and work towards eradicating it. Former Urban Affairs Minister, Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh said that plastic is the object that poses one of the most dangerous threats to environment.

“Banning of plastic is, in almost all aspects, only advantageous. Plastic waste damages, kills, chokes, and is a hazard to all living things. The use of Pla and Sla not only is environmentally friendly but can also create jobs and generate revenue,” she said.

Lyngdoh also felt the need for installing small incinerators in Iew Shillong and other major markets of the State to ensure that waste management can be done in a proper manner.

She also called upon all involve in the project to see that the supply chain of traditional carry bags can sustain the demand to ensure that the project can be carried out in letter and spirit. Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, Matsiewdor War Nongbri said that the State lagged far behind in respect to cleanliness in all aspects. She hoped that the project will help create awareness amongst the general public about the need to eradicate plastic for a clean and green city and State.

The district administration is committed to combat the menace of plastic waste by initiating and collaborating in a number of cleanliness campaigns in the State, she said and called upon the citizens of the State to join hands together by saying no to plastic.

 

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