Swachh Bharat Mission is indeed going to clean India! The Indian Tourism Ministry has decided to completely ban the usage of all kinds of polythene bags and other single-use plastic items in and around national monuments and tourist locations.
The trial phase of the ban initiative shall begin from October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, which is considered an auspicious occasion. This prohibition will be applicable to the protected zone or within the 100m radius of national monuments.
Having the motto, ‘Cleanliness starts at home’ as the aim of the Department of Tourism for this initiative, the ministry stated that it would be much easier to implement at these areas as they will have security personnel who would take care that rules are followed. However, plastic water bottles would not be banned, but the people will be told to dispose them in the recycle bins provided in the area.
PM Modi had initiated the Swachh Bharat Mission in October 2014 with an aim to eradicate open defecation, manual scavenging and scientific management of municipal solid waste.
Date: 10 September 2016 | Source: Times of India