Odisha To Ban Single-Use Plastics From Gandhi Jayanti

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government will enforce a complete ban on plastic from Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. Single-use plastic products will be banned in all NACs, municipalities and Municipal Corporation limits across the State, informed State Forests and Environment Minister, Bikram Keshari Arukh on Tuesday.

“As per the 5Ts initiative of the Odisha CM, we are going to ban single-use plastics including water bottles, carry bags and other items from October 2,” said Arukh.

Arukh further stated that the government on September 12 has sought suggestions and objections from people within 15 days.

While addressing the nation on 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged citizens to stop single-use plastic and promote indigenous products.

It is pertinent to mention here that the State government in September 2018 issued an order banning use of certain plastic products in six cities in the territorial jurisdiction of five municipal corporations. The use of polythene bags, thermocol and similar plastic products was restricted in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Puri.