CHENNAI: Calling for improved sanitation, construction of sufficient number of toilets and better solid and plastic waste management, Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat (ABGP) – an all India consumer movement – submitted a memorandum signed by around 5000 people to the Ministers for Municipal Administration and Environment and Forests and to the respective Secretaries to Government of Tamil Nadu.
Stating that inadequate sanitation leads to premature deaths and loss of productivity and reduced revenue from tourism, ABGP asked the state to construct sufficient number of public toilets that offer privacy, safety and comfort. Further, information about the caretaker should be provided to enable users to lodge complaints, it added.
In India around 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated out of which 9,000 tones is collected and processed, leaving the rest to cause irreparable damage to soil, water and environment. The memorandum appealed to effectively implement the Union Environment ministry’s notification of ‘Plastic waste management rules, 2016’.