Pune: Apart from cleanliness and beautification drive, citizens have taken up initiative for plastic-free awareness drive. They will also distribute paper bags to the people.
Tanmayi Shinde (16) has set up ‘Tara Foundation’ at Sinhagad Road along with her three team members Sachin Patil, Netra Bhave and Shruti Naik who are students and working professional respectively, to ensure plastic-free
Tara Foundation and four NGOs Shiv Samrajya Prathisthan, Angholichi Goli, Swach Pune Swach Bharat and Durga Premi have set a target from Sinhagad Road to Sinhagad Fort to make the area plastic-free.
They will work every Sunday and make people aware about the ill-effects of plastics and distribute paper bags to them. On January 28 (Sunday), as the Sinhagad Fort will be crowded, volunteers from all these NGOs will form a human chain on the fort to highlight their drive.
Madhav Patil, president of Angholichi Goli, told Sakal Times, “In the backdrop of recent notification of government on plastic ban, we are going to inform people and form human chain to stop using plastic as much as one can. Also we will request people to take away their water bottles and plastic cups and plates. We are also going to pay one rupee to those who will give us water bottles which will be recycled later.”
Earlier Shinde carried out a pilot project at Karve Nagar vegetable market where the four members of Tara Foundation first made an awareness drive amongs people and vegetable vendors and later distributed paper bags. Shinde said, “We started the ‘Plastic Hatao Event’ on October 24 and on November 18 we distributed 150 paper bags made by us from old newspapers. We got good response, but then this initiative was in need of other helping hands as well. So the other NGOs have joined hands with us to make the city plastic-free.”