Sunday, November 04, 2018

Ahmedabad airport soon to go plastic-free

Ahmedabad: In line with a series of measures undertaken to upgrade and make the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport clean and efficient in operations, Airports Authority of India (AAI) has resolved to make the city airport a completely plastic-free zone. To mark the initiative which began almost a month ago, staff members of SVPI Airport organized a march to create awareness about shunning the use of plastic in the airport. AAI officials confirmed that the city airport will soon officially declare itself plastic-free to become the country’s first plastic-free airport.
“We are moving in the direction of becoming the country’s first plastic-free airport and we will make an official announcement soon. The initiative began almost a month ago from when we gradually started minimizing the use of plastic in the airport,” said Manoj Gangal, director, SVPI Airport.
Gangal added, “The city airport will soon do away with the use of plastics at various levels, be it in the form of plastic bags, bag covers, food covers, disposable glasses and spoons, among other items. We will also ensure that only plastic items that are reusable and above 50 microns are permitted. Food stores, eateries and restaurants have also extended their cooperation for this.” In fact, the airport director also said that the business lounge which was recently inaugurated at the International Terminal of the SVPI airport, is also to be plastic-free. “It is the first plastic-free lounge in India. Another such lounge will also be set up at the domestic terminal,” said the airport director.
04/11/18 Niyati Parikh/Times of India