Darjeeling civic body plans green initiatives to reduce garbage

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

DARJEELING,: The Darjeeling municipality is all set to implement a set of new rules in the municipal area here to lessen the use of plastics and make Darjeeling a cleaner place.
This decision was taken after an awareness and interaction programme on plastics at Capitol Hall organized by the municipality here today. The president and vice president of different Samaj of the 32 wards were present along with representatives of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha town committee and some NGOs.
Darjeeling Municipality chairperson Prativa Rai said, “We have adopted different resolutions today that thermocol plates, plastic spoons and cups will not be allowed to be used after 15 days’ time and the representatives present today have been told this. We will also write to the shops selling such items as we feel that this creates the most plastic garbage. We will also conduct raids and go checking after 15 days.”
Along with the Styrofoam (thermocol) plates and other items, the civic body would also ban use of 200 ml water bottles. It has also submitted a proposal of water ATMs to be started in Darjeeling so utilization of mineral water bottles is further reduced. The proposal is part of the Comprehensive Development Plan which has been submitted by the committee headed by the Darjeeling MLA.
According to the chairperson, the civic body was also declaring Tiger Hill as a plastic free zone from today onwards and would take up steps to supervise and monitor it. Also declared today was the beautification of Ladenla Road area and it being made a horn free zone.
“It is the responsibility of all to keep the town area clean and not throw garbage everywhere they feel like. The municipality does have the responsibility of garbage collection and cleaning the town area but it is not possible without the cooperation of the people. Apart
from the door to door collection of garbage we will also be starting a mobile collection van which will be responsible to collect garbage the whole day through,” she said.
The municipality chairperson maintained that they will also send appeal letters to all wards for the decisions taken today including not using plastic cups and thermocols and if they do not follow it then they would be also forced to implement fines.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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