Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar announced in Pune Monday that the Centre would launch ‘Plastic-Free Cities’ campaign as part of ‘Clean India Mission’. He said the campaign would be kickstarted from Pune on February 13. Javadekar said the campaign would provide impetus to the Centre’s attempts to make cities hygienic. A public campaign will be launched, along with stricter law enforcement, punishment, surprise checks and raids on illegal manufacturing units.
The minister said the Union government has also decided to launch an urban green campaign aimed at creating more carbon sinks and greenery in partnership with town planners and residents. “Every day, about 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated in the country, of which only 9,000 tonnes get collected. This means every year, a whopping 20 lakh tonnes of plastic garbage is being accumulated in the country,” Javadekar said.