Chandigarh: In the context of environmental protection, the Punjab government has decided to stop single use plastic from July. This was stated by the Secretary of Science, Technology and Environment, Rahul Tiwari, during the state-level meeting held virtually on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Single use plastic will be banned in the state from July 2022 to make Punjab green and pollution free. Announcing the setting up of STPs across the state, the Secretary said that these state-of-the-art plants will reduce the level of water pollution to some extent as well as use the modified water for farming and other allied activities. The state government has started online monitoring of industrial units by installing state-of-the-art meters in industrial units and also started online monitoring stations to check it. He further said that this year a target of planting 1.20 crore saplings has also been set.
The Central Government has issued an advisory to the States and Union Territories to prevent the harm caused to the environment by single-use plastic, especially from foil and water bottles. It is advised to close in a phased manner. The Center has said that this will help in further improving the ‘Clean and Green’ environment.
The government says that according to the instructions of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Ministry of Environment, 2,591 out of 4,704 urban local bodies in the country have already banned single-use plastic. In such a situation, now all the States and Union Territories (UT’s) should ensure that more than 2,100 remaining bodies also ban it by June 30, 2022.