18 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Use of single-use plastics will be banned across Odisha including rural areas by 2020, informed K Murugesan, Director, Environment-cum-Special Secretary Forest & Environment department.
"In rural areas, it will be by 2020. As per our Chief Minister's direction, it will be extended to the entire State," Murugesan said.
The Director said that as per the 2019 notification the ban extends to all urban areas across the State and the Housing and Urban Development department has been vested with the responsibility of enforcing the ban.
He said that while the Housing and Urban Development department is responsible for the collection of plastic, the Industries department is responsible for its shredding for use by the Works department for road making.
Murugesan informed that The Industries department has been asked to set up plastic shredding facilities in all urban areas.
Plastics will be also collected from ru-urban areas (rural areas in the periphery of urban areas) and brought to shredding facilities in urban areas, he added.
The Director, however, maintained that funds were a problem for setting up shredding facilities. He added that an arrangement has been made to provide funds for these facilities in 10 urban areas from the Odisha Environment Management Fund.
"Currently, single-use plastics have been banned in urban areas while we have asked for gradually restricting its use in rural areas. The Panchayati Raj department has been informed accordingly and we have also brought out a brochure on the use of which plastic has been banned and which has been not," Murugesan pointed out.
He said that Self Help Groups (SHGs) will be encouraged to make cotton bags so that they can augment their earnings.