We all know what non-biodegradable plastic does to the environment around us. India’s ban on most single-use plastics will take effect on July 1, and one month ahead of this, the temple town of Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh has already set out on the plastic-free path, setting an example for other cities and towns to follow.
The hill town of Tirumala is home to one of the most famous temples in India – Sree Venkateswara Temple settled on the seventh peak of the Seshachalam Hill Range. In order to protect the greenery of this place, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) trust that manages this temple has enforced the plastic ban in Tirumala from June 1.
The health authorities have also instructed hotels and shopkeepers to install separate trash cans for dry and wet waste and ordered shop owners to take up mass cleaning activity every Tuesday, from 1 pm to 3 pm. The officials also stated that the vigilance officers, on their surprise inspection, would seize the businesses that are found to use plastic. The ban applies to all single-use plastic items such as plastic water bottles, carry bags, use-and-throw covers, and plastic bottles of toiletries, cosmetics, cleaning items, etc.
Regular checks at the Alipiri toll gate are also being performed to ensure that the locals as well as the tourists visiting the town are not bringing plastic bottles and other single-use plastic items with them.
Not only from Tirumala Temple, but other major temples in the state such as Kanaka Durga Temple, Satyanarayana Swamy Temple at Annavaram, Simhachalam temple at Visakhapatnam, Dwaraka Tirumala temple at Bhimadole, Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple at Kanipakam and SriSailam Devasthanams in Kurnool will soon become a part of the eco-drive initiated to eliminate plastic from our lives.
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