Come October 2, celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti and also the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Tirupati will become a ‘plastic-free city,’ thus going beyond the spiritual city tag to become truly city in terms of cleanliness and environment-friendly practices. From July 11 to 30, the trial phase will be conducted by contemplating alternatives. Awareness meetings will be held from August 1 in order to realise the dream by October 2.

At a meeting organised by the Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) and the Tirupati Chamber of Commerce (TCC) here on Tuesday, Mr. Pradyumna laid emphasis on the urgent need to implement the ban, irrespective of which countries or States are following it.

“As a leading pilgrim centre, Tirupati has to set an example, for which the denizens, political parties, media and social organisations should voluntarily join hands,” he said.

Recalling from history, he said the ancient Indian civilisation proved the existence of underground drainage system and eco-friendly practices.

‘Indore shows the way’

Mr. Pradyumna called Indore, a city devoid of dustbins and garbage, as the ideal in waste management practices in vogue and hence the best one to replicate. He thanked TCC representative A. Manjunath and K.V. Chowdary, hotels and voluntary organisations for supporting this massive movement.

Mr. Pradyumna distributed not only saplings to be planted on the roadside and maintained by the retail outlets, but also cloth bags to be used as an alternative to plastic bags. There should be enhanced focus on recycling in order to ensure optimum utilisation of resources and also to reduce garbage. The very step of garbage generation should be eliminated or minimised with effective reuse and recycling.

TUDA Chairman G. Narasimha Yadav, MCT Commissioner V. Vijayarama Raju, APSRTC Assistant Traffic Manager Bhaskar Reddy, TTD Health Officer Asha Latha, political leaders, social activists and intellectuals took part.

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