Translated by Ms. Ananya De
Respected Minister for the Agartala City Development and Chairperson of Municiapal Council,
I’m putting a special request before you. I hope, you will carefully read the following and will think about it.
For the development of the city, large sums of monetary resource is coming from the Central Governement to the state. For the same purpose, the money is also being spent. But along with the development of the Agartala City, we’re avoiding a very important matter of discussion. Nowadays, the plastic bags and packets and sachets are found thrown and scattered on the roadsides. And the shops on the riverside throw plastics in the river water. Consequently not only the river water is becoming dirtier, even the polythene bags are stopping the river water to flow.
Polythene bags are a big problem in the present days. No one is able to get rid of its negative effects. Because they take time period of thousands of years to disintegarte an go back to the environment. Thus the plastic bags will damage the quality of of the land and its fertility. At times, the government advertises the bills which says, “Do not use plastic bags”. But how they can be unused or avoided – has not been described on the bills. Therefore, day after day the use of plastic bags is increasing.
We have a government institute namely “Pollution Control Board”. But the institute does not think it worthy of getting out of the beautiful office of Gurkhabasti and see the real situation. Consequently, everywhere on the roads and jetties, we meet with plastic packets. We are destroying our own lives and are creating a polluted environment for the next generation.
Is there no solution to stop use of plastic and throwing of it here and there? Where there is a will there must be a way.
Firstly. The government has to be strict to control the use of plastics. For this there is no need of additional rules and regulations. For the sake of common people, these bags should be ceased to be thrown here and there. Every business and institution has to keep dustbins with them (including fruit and vegetable vendors). For violation punishment should be given. If needed penalty upto Rs. 1000 or more should be charged so that people become alert.
Secondly, there should be inclusion of the subject of environment studies in the school syllabus, so that from childhood onwards, the children get educated about dangers of plastic usage and about waste management.
Thirdly which is the toughest challenge is to see how use of plastic can be brought down. So we’ve to think about how the waste plastic can be converted into useful things and we should find other alternatives used in place of it so that the environment may be saved from its dangers. For this purpose, initiatives should be taken by the government to engage environmentalists and educationists. Then only
Lastly, I’d like to request you kindly to take necessary steps in this regards as early as possible.
a vigilant citizen,
Ms. Bijaya De.