Bhubaneswar: On its 36th Foundation Day, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) did some promising things like creating an awareness drive among the office staff and also among the park goers at Biju Patnaik Park in the afternoon.
During the Foundation Day meeting paper-made files, folders were used at the Conference Room and the water bottles were replaced by glasses on the central table to start the initiative and start the “no plastic’’ slogan right from home.
Two squads of Enforcement Wing of BDA later went to Biju Patnaik Park and briefed the vendors near three entrances about the bad effects of plastic and polythene and use of alternate things like paper pouches and cotton bags.
Volunteers of city-based Save The Earth Foundation were also involved in the campaign as they provided the cotton bags. The enforcement team made public announcement on the “no plastic’’ campaign of the development authority and convinced the park goers not to use the plastic bags and instead, use the cotton alternatives. More than 10 persons were given cotton bags by the team.
The development authority had earlier announced its plan to make its office and parks free from plastic from September 1 and accordingly the awareness initiative was launched among the staff. All the major parks will be taken up after the Biju Patnaik Park by the enforcement squad to make the park goers and vendors aware about the “no plastic’’ announcement.
“First we will ensure use of no plastic and polythene in our office and parks and later the BDA owned market complexes would be added for the awareness generation as part of the campaign ,’’ said BDA Secretary Bhabani Shankar Chayani.