Plogging: When city gave plastic a run for its money
New Delhi: People from all walks of life came together to participate in a plog run organised at Rajpath on Wednesday morning to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Supporting the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ India Plog Run 2019, the participants pledged to give up single-use plastic. A plog run involves picking up litter while jogging.
Pledging against singleuse plastic, Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the country had achieved the dream of India free of open defecation — except for 52 local bodies in West Bengal — with the support and participation of citizens of this country. “With the launch of the plog run, I am confident that the day is not far when our country is free of single-use plastic,” Puri said.
Housing and urban affairs secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said the ministry is conducting thousands of events to reach out to around two crore people.
Puri also launched a toilet locator app that will help find 57,000 toilets in 2,300 cities across India.
The plog run was organised by an FMCG giant in partnership with an NGO at 14 hotspots in NCR, including Connaught Place, DLF Phase 2 Gurugram, Saket, Karol Bagh, Greater Kailash 1, Greater Noida and India Gate.
As part of the initiative, all PET-plastic waste collected from the drive will be segregated and recycled ensuring zero plastic waste ends up in landfills.
FOR A CLEAN DELHI: The plog run was organised at Rajpath to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi