Plastic waste is non-biodegradable and it harms our environment in more ways than one. Thus, there is a conscious effort to do away with single-use plastic items across the world. India too has joined the bandwagon to do away with plastic use and it is slowly getting implemented in various corners of the country.
One of the most recent additions to the places which have banned single-use plastic item is Ooty in Tamil Nadu.
So, what led to the ban in Ooty?
According to a report by India Times, many residents of this hill station had complained that a large chunk of plastic waste was being left behind by the tourists who flock to this hill station quite frequently. As a mark of their discomfort, they had filed a petition to which the Madras High Court order is being followed to ban all single-use plastic items.
When will the ban come into effect?
This much awaited ban will come into effect from the 15th of August.
What items will be banned?
When entering the Nilgiri district, one will not be able to carry plastic water bottles, soft drinks bottle, wrappers or any other plastic item of single-use. This ban covers a large area like Kakkanallah, Burliar, Kunjapanai, Geddai, Nadugani, Solladi, Thalur, Kunnu, Pattavayal, and Nambiar. These are basically entry points into the Nilgiri district, and the ban has been implemented in these places so that tourists do not enter with plastic items with them. If you were wondering from where you will get some water to drink while on the way, then fear not because RO water stations have been set up along the highway.
So, if you are planning for a trip to Ooty after the 15th of August, make sure that you do not carry any plastic with you!