Puri Administration Prepares For Plastic-Free Rath Yatra From 2020

It has barely been two weeks since the famed Rath Yatra of Puri took place, and the district administration has already got its heels moving. The administration is planning to ban the usage of plastic in any form from next year’s Rath Yatra processions and is seeking suggestions from the public for the same.

Puri district collector Balwant Singh said that while the administration had provided plastic drinking water bottles to the devotees who thronged the place, the disposal of such bottles had become a major challenge later on. Nearly 200 tons of disposable plastic waste had been generated between 4th July and the Bahuda Yatra on 12th July.

Singh said that apart from the thought of providing water tankers for the masses, he was also open to the idea of distributing biodegradable water pouches which would not pose as an environmental challenge.

To effectively handle the waste generation and disposal, Singh said that an agency would be roped in to segregate plastic from the solid waste, crush it, and correspondingly use it in road construction projects. Such recycling of plastic would also significantly cut costs for the State as far as road projects are concerned. “We will sensitise big to small vendors, hoteliers and restaurants to reduce the use of plastic and polythene bags. Students will also be sensitised on the issue”, Singh said.

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