Harsh Vardhan acknowledges making mela plastic-free will be uphill task..“We are working on making this (Ardh) Kumbh plastic-free as it is a very tall order but it is a part of our (government’s) dream.“The use of plastic has increased because public has become lazy. So if it can be implemented properly, then nothing like it, environmentalist Padmavati Dwivedi said.It is a “fantastic decisi-on” but the success of a policy depends on its im-plementation.Ardh Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s largest religious gatherings, is held every six years.India was the global host of 2018 World Environment Day.
The theme of this year edition was Beat Plastic Pollution.Millions of Hindu pilgrims stream to Allahabad to bathe in the holy river Ganga to wash away their sins during the festival. Environm-ent activist, Jagannath Poddar, pointed out that the move will have to be implemented strictly. Having a plastic-free Kumbh would require strict implementation,” he said. It will be held in January next year. We are already working towards beating plastic pollution all over the country but imagine a plastic-free Kumbh. Harsh Vardhan (Photo: PTI) China bottling machine Suppliers New Delhi: The environment ministry is planning to make next year’s Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad plastic-free in line with the country’s commitment to eliminate single-use plastic, Union minister Harsh Vardhan said. It is something we are planning to do next,” the environment minister said. We are starting preparations (for it),” Mr Vardhan was quoted by agencies as saying.The government’s idea of a plastic-free Ardh Kumbh was welcomed by environmentalists.“We are intending to have a plastic-free (Ardh) Kumbh next January.He acknowledged that making the Ardh Kumbh plastic-free will be an uphill task