November 19, 2019
Mala Roy speaks about toxic effects of plastic garbage on the environment
Thank you, Sir. I would like to draw the Hon’ble Minister’s attention to the ever increasing environmental pollution. Plastic and related products and their toxic effects result in pollution at every level, be it in air, water, land, groundwater and for that matter visual pollution as well.
All over India, and beyond, plastic garbage has cost tremendous choking of sewers and drainage system, resulting in severe health hazard, waterborne disease and epidemics. While we all acknowledge that something needs to be done immediately, steps taken by the central government are far from reality. Only announcing a nationwide plastic ban will always turn out to be futile unless we provide viable and sustainable alternative to the common people. Financial penalty is no solution to this behaviour.
My humble request to the ministry is to evaluate this problem more seriously and dedicate more research to come out with alternatives like wood, bamboo, among others.