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9/16/2006

Rameswaram island to become plastic-free

Filed under: global islands,india — admin @ 6:28 am

Ramanathapuram, Sept. 15: Rameswaram island, the famous Hindu pilgrimage centre and home town of President APJ Abdul Kalam, would soon become a plastic-free zone, thanks to the steps being taken by the district administration.

“The district adminstration has resolved to convert the holy island of Rameswaram into a plastic-free zone,” K S Muthusamy, the district collector, said in a statement here today.

The usage of plastic bags and disposables will be banned in the island from October 2, the Gandhi Jayanti day. Instead of plastic, people would be asked to use cloth or paper-made articles.

The decision in this regard had been taken at the Rameswaram town development committee meeting held recently.

The tiny island, situated on the Palk straits and connected to India by a long bridge, attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists, particularly at the Ramanathaswamy temple.

The Rameswaram Municipality has also been asked to propagate the ban order on plastic material by displaying advertisements for the benfit of tourists.

“Action would be taken against persons who violated the ban order,” the collector said.

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