Berhampur: March 18 (LocalWire): Environmentalists have urged political parties to follow green norms during their election campaigns.
Sudhir Rout, a green activist, said, that parties have been urged to use eco-friendly materials to make boards, cut-outs, banners, flags etc., which can be recycled, for campaigning.
“In the last few elections, we had seen political parties using non-biodegradable materials for campaigns. It harms the environment,” said Rout, convener of the NGO Forum for Ganjam.
His urged the chief electoral officer to ensure implementation of green guidelines at polling stations, counting centers and other election offices.
The government had banned the use, transport, stock and manufacture of plastic materials in five municipal corporations, including Berhampur, from October 2, 2018.
Meanwhile, another city-based NGO Sabuja Bahini has submitted a memorandum to Berhampur sub-collector Digant Rout, seeking a ban on plastic use during elections.
The NGO had earlier campaigned against nailing of trees in the city. If nailing continues for installing cut-outs and banners, trees will die pre-maturely, said its president Sibaram Panigrahy.
BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore said the plastic ban will be strictly enforced. “It’s already enforced in the municipal area and applicable to everyone,” he said.
He said the corporation will impose a fine of Rs.500 to anyone caught nailing trees, and those caught for a second time, the amount will go up to Rs.1000.
“We have already collected over Rs.5,000 from offenders during this election season,” he said.