Hyderabad: The use of plastics in Tirumala,
the abode of Lord Venkateswara in Andhra Pradesh, will be
totally banned within a month.
Even the `laddu prasadams`, now being supplied in plastic
bags, will be distributed wrapped in bags made of cloth, paper
or jute, a release from the Chief Minister`s office said here.
Chief Minister K Rosaiah today directed the Tirumala
Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the popular shrine,
to strictly adhere to these norms.
He reviewed the activities of Andhra Pradesh Pollution
Control Board (APPCB) with Minister for Forest and Environment
P Ramachandra Reddy and top officials at a meeting in
Secretariat, the release said.
The officials told the CM that all TTD canteens have
stopped usage of plastic tea cups and water glasses.
It was also decided to ban plastics below 40 micron
thickness all over the state within a month to prevent
pollution. At present, plastics of more than 20 microns
thickness are being used in Andhra Pradesh, the release said.
Rosaiah was informed that the World Bank has approved
a project for industrial pollution management in the state,
the release said.
The components of the Rs 193.46-crore project include
strengthening of environmental institutions and investment in
anti-industrial pollution measures, it said.