ENVIRONMENT: Plastic ban in parks and sanctuaries

ENVIRONMENT: Plastic ban in parks and sanctuaries – a fantastic idea, but enforcement a big question ?!!

Park Entrance: Visit without polluting - take only pictures, leave only footprints ?!! (TT)

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Siliguri, Sept. 6: Tourists visiting wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in north Bengal will not be allowed to carry plastic products from the coming season.

The ban will be imposed once the forests open for the visitors on September 16.

“To keep the forests pollution free, we have decided that visitors will not be allowed to use plastic items inside the sanctuaries and parks,” said forest minister Ananta Roy .

According to foresters, several thousand tourists visit Gorumara National Park and Jaldapara, Mahananda and Chapramari wildlife sanctuaries every season.

“We would like to appeal to them not to carry plastic packets, bottles, chocolate wrappers and pan masala inside,” said M.C. Biswas, the conservator of forest (north Bengal).

The divisional forest officer of wildlife-II, Sumita Ghatak, said visitors can only take baby food and drinking water bottles inside the forests. “The guides have to ensure that the tourists bring back the items that they were permitted to carry inside. If the officials find that a visitor has left behind any item in the forest, Rs 2,000 will be charged as fine,” she added.

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