Taking action to reduce Plastic waste, Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar on Thursday announced that his government will implement a Plastic Ban from May 30, in Goa. The ban will be imposed on Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) based plastic. Furthermore, a ban on plastic packaging will be imposed in the state from December 19, this year.
CM ON PLASTIC BAN :
The Chief Minister said, “When I talk of a plastic bag, I am talking about PVC-based plastic. Plastic packaging will be banned from December 19, Let us make Goa free of plastic.”
The first phase of the ban will be initiated from January 26. The second phase, however, will start by May 30.
However, the ban has been imposed on the use of plastic in food packaging and marketing activities. Pharmaceutical products have been exempted from the ban.
Due to the low cost of production and comparatively fast decomposition, the chief Minister has further advised people, to use bags that are made up of starch. He said, “Now there are plastics available that are degradable. So, if somebody wants to take their own bags to buy fish, they can still use bags, only these will be made of starch.”
Furthermore, the aim of the government is to reach the grass root level. The Chief Minister, therefore, wants to incorporate panchayats for a successful implementation of the plan. He said, “We will create facilities to treat garbage even at the panchayat level. We are ready to increase the grants to panchayat by 4-5 times but at the same time they should perform.”
Manohar Parrikar added that dumping of debris on roads will be strictly prohibited. Moreover, severe action will be taken against any offender.
The government aims a crackdown on empty drink bottles that pollute the coastal region. Manohar Parrikar has further hinted that a new law, which bans drinking in public places, will soon be enacted. The Chief Minister, therefore, strictly advised the civilians to drink at ‘home’ or in a ‘hotel’. He said, “May be give and take 15 days, end of January or February, a new law will come into action which will make drinking alcohol in public a cognizable offense,” Parrikar said
ORGANIC WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANT INAUGURATED IN GOA
Moreover, taking an environmentally friendly route, Manohar Parrikar on Thursday also inaugurated an Organic Waste Management Plant in the state. The plant is equipped with ‘Static Aeration’ technology. The use of this technology will reduce the time taken for the treatment of garbage from 15 days to 8 days. Furthermore, the plant is capable of treating 15 tonnes of garbage.
“This is a new technology and worldwide it has not been commerciality exploited. We may be the first or second to install the facility. There are no moving parts and no machines. Just an arrangement and a cover is enclosed above the garbage and the smell does not travel out. The entire facility is just like what can be called as enclosed cooking,” he said.