Saturday, February 22, 2020

Tripura: 3 Northeast airports identified as plastic-free airports

Agartala: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has declared altogether 85 airports across the country as single-use plastic free airport within a year and among them three are from the Northeast -- Agartala, Guwahati and Imphal.

A press statement issued by the AAI informed, “As per the directions issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to beat plastic pollution, in first phase, 35 AAI Airports namely Agartala, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Goa, Guwahati, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Tiruchirappalli, Tirupati, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada & Visakhapatnam had been declared ‘Single-Use Plastic Free Airport Terminals’ in January 2019.”

Various steps were undertaken by the AAI to eliminate the single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side of AAI Airports, making a total of 85 airports across India single-use plastic free zones. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries, plastic plates etc and switching over to other packaging alternatives and replacements.
22/02/20 Chandan Panday/Eastmojo
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