At least a ton of plastic waste was collected by the volunteers during a Plastic Free Drive organised by the Telangana Forest Department near the Narsapur Urban forest park enroute Narsapur.
A large number of Forest range staff, local public representatives and animal protection warriors participated with much enthusiasm. “The public negligence was evident from the huge plastic waste collected from roadside in the Narsapur urban park surroundings”, said the Sangareddy Forest Officer V Venkateswarlu.
Further expressing his anguish at the growing plastic waste, Venkateswarlu appealed to the people not to bring the plastic and litter the urban park surroundings as they had been declared as “Plastic Free Zone’ and warned of imposing fine henceforth.
“Plastic will take 100 years to assimilate into the sand. This will also pose a severe threat to the animals living in the forest”, he said and declared that a special drive would be taken up at several other urban eco-parks in the state.
Forest Officer O Gnyaneswar, Narsapur Ranger Veerendra Babu, Section officer Manjit Singh, and Sarpanch Dayanand and others participated.