Chandigarh : Thousands of citizens, students of colleges and NGOs took part in the mega awareness rally organized by the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh at grain market, Sector 26, here today to sensitize people against the use of one-time use plastic items.
During the programme, the Municipal Corporation has launched selfie competition to encourage citizens against the use of plastic in different categories. As per the competition general public can send/upload their selfies/pics to the MCC through social media tools i.e. facebook page; youtube channel; instagram and whatsup number upto 30th September, 2019 using cloth bags for their routine usage; shopkeepers giving cloth bags to the customers; NGOs/institutions distributing free cloth bags to the public etc. The MCC will give away prizes to the 10 winners selected randomly at the mega event scheduled to be organized on 2nd October, 2019.
Sh. Rajesh Kumar, Mayor and Sh. K.K. Yadav, IAS, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Chandigarh flagged off the rally, which marched throughout the grain market and after that took round of the other city markets.
The Mayor and Commissioner distributed cloth bags to public along the way. They also told people, found using plastic bags, not use them and handed over a cloth bag. The different teams of MCC also distributed cloth bags alongwith NGOs and the Run Club, Chandigarh.
While addressing the gathering, the Mayor said that the ban cannot be successful without the cooperation of public and sought their help in this endeavor and said that the motive behind the rally to send the message among masses against the use of plastic and total plastic ban in Chandigarh.
The Commissioner said that it was aimed at encouraging stakeholders to avoid use of plastic covers and bags that cause irrevocable damage to the environment. On a mission to reduce use of non-biodegradable plastic to the extent possible in the city, the MCC will focus on creating full ban on single use plastic items and create mass awareness against the use of plastic in city. He said that the citizens should not to consider plastic bags as trendy and user-friendly but to go back to traditional cloth bags.
Earlier, the Mayor, Commissioner, officers & officials of MCC, representatives of NGOs, College Students, and stakeholders took an oath against use of plastic. A nukkar natak against the use of plastic was also performed by college students.
Waving different banners in their hands, the students of different colleges said “Save Earth and avoid polythene covers”, holding placards that carried a green message, and raising slogans all along, the IEC team, MCC “Plastic hatayen, Aao paryavaran bachayen”.
Sh. S.K. Jain, Additional Commissioner, Sh. Shailender Singh, S.E., Public Health, Dr. Amrit Pal Singh, Medical Officer of Health, other councilors and officers of MCC, representatives of RWAs were present during the programme.