Hyderabad, June 1 : Emphasizing the need for avoiding the use of plastic material to maintain environmental balance, IT & Industries Minister KT Rama Rao today said the State government aims to turn Hyderabad into a plastic free city.
Speaking at “Environment Week” celebrations at People’s Plaza here on Friday after visiting an exhibition on the topic, the minister set a target of achieving plastic free city by 2022. United Nations Executive Director Eric Solheim and others attended the meeting. On the occasion, the IT Minister listed several programs of welfare and development and initiatives for environmental protection and greenery expansion through the Haritha Haram program. There was a need for increasing green cover by involving people and the government will promote electric vehicles in a big way, he maintained.
Handing over 20 electric vehicles to GHMC staff to remove garbage, the minister vouched for introducing some 500 electric buses to the fleet of TSRTC buses in a phased manner. Efforts are on for reducing pollution of industries, vehicles and others to bring down drastically the plastic use, he said. “Indeed we are (State government) was in the forefront in several aspects and number one in ease of doing business. He appreciated the GHMC staff for its initiative for solid waste management and the government was engaged in the job of producing electricity through the waste. “We had gone through Infosys wherein the process of dry and wet waste was being separated. In future, we will take up the business of producing electricity through solid waste”, he said, adding that they have reduced the power consumption by introducing LED Bulbs.
Eric Solihim, with Namaskaram in Telugu, has called upon the people to vie for protecting environment and save lives. He said, “Hyderabad is a beautiful city and we need to protect it by avoiding the use of plastic. The use of plastic material is dangerous for animals. I had just visited the city and it is good to see”, he said. He also appreciated that Chief Minister K Chadrasekhar Rao was making relentless efforts for turning Hyderabad into a green city. He exuded confidence that the city will be making use of electrical vehicles to beat pollution.