Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: The increase in pollution levels across Odisha was one of the key concerns raised during the 36th Foundation Day celebration of the Odisha Pollution Control Board today. During the event, it was learned that in cities like Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Balasore, Angul and Talcher there has been a significant rise in pollution levels.

As per reports, to bring the pollution levels under control, a blueprint under the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) guidelines has been prepared. Apart from that, Odisha government will enforce a complete ban on single-use plastics from October 2.

Speaking on the sidelines of the foundation day ceremony, Odisha Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha said, "Discussions were held today on how a pollution-free environment can be created for citizens. I am hoping to get the support of Odisha residents in making the state plastic free."

Member Secretary of State Pollution Control Board, Debidutta Biswal, said, "There needs to be a change in the attitude of people when it comes to use of plastic. Only after creating awareness on its disastrous consequences, people will start avoiding use of plastic."

The State Forest and Environment Minister had informed on Tuesday that single-use plastic products will be banned in all NACs, municipalities and Municipal Corporation limits across the State from October 2.