Plog­ging: When city gave plas­tic a run for its money

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

Ra­jesh Me­hta

FOR A CLEAN DELHI: The plog run was or­gan­ised at Ra­j­path to mark the 150th birth an­niver­sary of Ma­hatma Gandhi

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