Imphal: The District Administration Kangpokpi on Saturday held an awareness campaign on ban on single use plastic which is effective from July 1 in the district.
The awareness campaign was held at Nuite Kailhang (women’s market) in Kangpokpi district regarding complete ban on single use plastic and harmful effects of plastic pollution on environment.
The District Administration Kangpokpi led by deputy commissioner Kengoo Zuringla was accompanied by Rohan Agarwal, a young environmentalist, along with members of Kangpokpi Town Committee, Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisation and Kangpokpi Youth Union.
During interaction with the public, Kengoo Zuringla said that we can replace the polythene or plastic bags by using alternative like bags made of cotton or jute and one can carry their own bags. She said awareness campaign was held in line with the Manipur Plastic Policy, 2022 for effective management of plastic waste and complete elimination of single-use plastics in the state.
She said single-use plastics takes years to degrade and is very dangerous to the environment. She appreciated Rohan Agarwal’s determination and courageous spirit and said we should heed his appeal for a clean and safe environment. She wished him luck and successful journey ahead.
Rohan Agarwal, 20, from Kamptee, Nagpur in Maharashtra is in Manipur to spread message on harmful effect of plastic pollution which is one of the major issues plaguing the planet earth today. Travelling for more than 10,000 km on foot and hitch-hiking to create awareness on plastic pollution, he is also spreading the message on “unity in diversity”.
Supporting the state government’s ban on single use plastics Rohan Agarwal gave awareness on negative impact of plastics on the environment and spoke on best alternatives to plastics. Stressing on the importance of RRR that is reduce, reuse and recycle, he said it will help in checking the plastic menace in the country.
He is travelling place to place, door to door, school to school, public places with administrative people, meeting different communities to understand them on how to curb the use of plastics. He said unity binds the diverse culture, traditions and communities of our great nation. He said that he has learnt a lot about other communities and culture as well as the experiences has broadened his perspective on life.
At the age of 18, Rohan Agarwal started his journey on August 25, 2020 from Varanasi travelling to 23 states and union territories of the country. He plans to visit various other places in South-East Asia and culminate his journey by hoisting tricolour in Omyakom in Siberia which is the coldest place in the world, where the temperature drops to -72 degree celsius.
In Kangpokpi district, Rohan Agarwal met with people of different walks of life and talked about his message.
Ahead of visiting the district, he has met the governor and chief inister of the state. He also visited schools in Imphal city and travelled to the districts of Tengnoupal, Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Chandel, Thoubal and Ukhrul.