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Hunt for ‘single-use plastic’ continues in Tml

 

Hunting of ‘single use plastic’ continue in Tml

Source: Imphal Free Press

TAMENGLONG | Oct 1

With the announcement for banning single-use plastic in Tamenglong district headquarter and the reward for highest collector of plastic bottle in the district, the hunt for plastic bottles continues. A huge competition is going on among young and old, men and women including school students which are seen collecting plastics day and night.  Interestingly, apart from these people, schools and institutions are seen bringing plastic bottles at the DC office of Tamenglong. A huge dump of plastics bottles began piling up since September 20 till today. The plastic bottles would be collected again by NHIDCL to use them for construction of roadways.  It may be mentioned that deputy commissioner, Tamenglong, Armstrong Pame earlier announced a challenge and incentive for keeping the town free of single use plastic on September 19. He informed that the district administration would reward a sum of Rs. 5000 to the one who can collected the maximum amount of plastic bottle while the reward for second and third prizes were fixed as Rs. 3000 and Rs. 2000, respectively. Rs. 2 per bottles was the amount paid for the first 100 bottles while the count from 100 to 300 bottles was paid with the amount of Rs. 1.5 per bottles. A big competition is now on for hunting plastic bottles to reach the count between 100 and 300 bottles in Tamenglong district headquarters. Asangsinliu KC Gangmei, 58, wife of Mahipou KC Gangmei from C. Center, Tamenglong ward No. VIII is the first person to deposit waste plastic bottles and they were received at the deputy commissioner’s office by the DC.  After resolving to ban single-use plastics on September 11 by DC Tamenglong Armstrong Pame, an alternative arrangement for water drinking purpose at five different spots at the DC office complex was identified and installed on the next day. In the meantime, speaking to this reporter, Namkaolong (keikao) village authority chairman, Zeiringkhon Kamei said that it is a good initiative from the head of the district administration. “This good initiative should be extended to village level at the earliest. We cannot plant anything due to single use plastic. Everywhere, we find plastic bottles and plastic bags,” the chairman added.