CDA to take up one year sustained campaign to make Chilika plastic-free

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Bhubaneswar: Chilika lagoon, spread over 1165 sq.k.m. of area is affected  by plastic pollution like other water bodies. This plastic pollution, apart from causing health hazards have also gone into the  food chain through micro plastics in the various fish, crab and prawn present in the lake. The extent of micro plastics is being estimated and likely to take time. With an aim to reduce these pollution hazard, it is proposed by CDA to take up one year sustained campaign to make Chilika plastic-free.
The main theme will be to :(a) Refuse plastic materials which cannot be recycled and causes severe health hazards.(b) Reduce the use of plastic which are essential without a substitute, but can be safely disposed off.(c) Reused plastic, which can be recycled after segregating with same.
The campaign will also thrust upon the decision of Odisha State Pollution Control Board to ban plastic carry bags in and around Chilikamade in  2004. Eco clubs, NSS volunteers, NGOs, members of Motor Boat Association and public at large will be roped in to restore Chilika to its pristine glory and make it plastic free.CDA also invites “Logo” for its campaign which can have an impact on the stakeholders. The best Logo will be awarded with a cash prize. The Logo can be sent to “ [email protected] “ till July 6th 2018.The media is requested for wide publicity so that the campaign is successful and there are a good number of entries for the logo competition.

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