A clogged drain in Tharpakhna, Ranchi
Call it Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board’s hands-on solution for monsoon malady.
The state pollution board has roped in residents to launch Paryavaran Mahotsav — a save-the-environment drive. The two-month-long campaign will start from Friday.
As part of the green drive, residents of each locality will form a motley group of 10 members called Paryavaran Mitra Samhau that will go for door-to-door campaign and initiate steps to keep the area clean.
“We have received direction from the state pollution board and from tomorrow (Friday), we will form small groups and start cleaning our nearby areas,” said Reema Kumari, a teacher at a government middle school in Karamtoli.
Besides, all residents as well as industrial units and institutes will be asked to keep nearby rivers, drains and other water bodies clean and plant saplings in barren land.
“This drive will be carried out for the next two months. We have already appealed to the various industrial units, schools and colleges as well as communities and the civil society to protect the environment by keeping it neat and clean,” said secretary of the pollution board Mahendra Mahto.
As part of the Paryavaran Mahotsav, everyone should ensure that pollutants discharged from houses and industrial units should not be dumped into drains or rivers.
“Responsibility should be taken to dispose the waste in proper dumping yards and not to pollute the environment,” said another board member.
Apart from this, the department officials have also asked residents not to use polythene bags and abstain from using non-biodegradable wastes.
“Even after the state government has banned the use of polythene, we still find vendors using such bags and customers too throw these away on the road and also into the drains,” Mahto added.