Green activists demand complete ban on garbage burning & unnecessary concretization

CIMG0025CIMG0052Vrindavan, 21st December, 2013: After the National Green Tribunal ordered to ban the burning of the plastic & rubber in open, the green activists geared up their demand for complete ban of the garbage burning. It causes heart diseases, cancer, asthma, skin diseases and many other diseases, observed by the group of green activist in a workshop jointly organized by Friends of Vrindavan & the Bhaktivedanta Hospice. The students of the Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and the Samvid Gurukulam showed the power point presentation on the ‘ill effects of garbage burning’ & ‘the unnecessary concretization’.
Shri Aakash Vashisht, a green activists and a petitioner in the National Green Tribunal said, “There is no set up which is operational to take care of the waste management system in the town of Vrindavan.” Although, FoV has taken some steps for the proper garbage disposal, but being an NGO it has a limitation. The Municipality should immediately coordinate with the other government agencies and the civil societies for the proper garbage disposal of this town, added Shri Vashisht. Shri Vikrant Tongad another green activist who participated in the workshop from Greater Noida, said that the unnecessary concretization is killing the roadside vegetation. It is killing the roadside trees and doesn’t allow the rain water to go into the ground, thus there is a scarcity everywhere for the potable water.
Dr. Om ji from the Vrindavan Public School said that the administration should follow the NGT order by restraining the business of segregation of plastic waste and its transfer to recyclers or disposal contrary to and without registration under the plastic waste (management and handling) rules, 2011.” Unregulated open burning of garbage is a challenge for the environment, which needs to be immediately addressed, said Swami Devendra Chaitanya Brahmachari, a seer activist.
Jagannath Poddar, the Director of Friends of Vrindavan, said that the U.P. Pollution Control Board should enforce the orders of the NGT, and take steps for the massive awareness campaign against these two issues which have become eyesore for all the environment lovers. We have the fundamental right to access the fresh air and fresh water. While fresh water is sold out for the commercial purposes, the fresh air is deliberately being polluted, so that in coming times we buy the fresh air cylinders, exhorted Poddar.
Dr. Arvind Kumar, Senior Officer of the U.P. Pollution Control Board, who was the Chief Guest of the event, promised the gathering to send notices to the urban local bodies to take measures to prevent the open burning of the garbage. He also promised to organize the series of awareness campaign on this issue with the schools which participated in the workshop.
Dr. Avnish Panay, Chief Medical Officer of the Bhaktivedanta Hospice, gave vote of thanks to the participants of the workshop, with a promise to extend all the support to make success of the campaign which began with this workshop.
Shri Damodar Sharma, Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma, Dr. Anjali Syal, Dr. Devendra Dixit, Ravindra Kulshreshtha, Ankur Sharma, Prateek Verma, Deepak Chaturvedi and the students of the schools were present during the conference.

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