Bhubaneswar, January 30: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Alumni Association of Utkal University on Saturday launched an awareness campaign and mass cleaning activity against single-use plastic to make the university campus clean, green and plastic-free, on the occasion of Saheed Diwas – the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The campaign was flagged off by former Chief Secretary and association president Bijay Kumar Patnaik in the presence of BMC Deputy Commissioner (Sanitation) Suvendu Sahoo along with several dignitaries at Ahimsa Sthal in the varsity campus with a mass pledge to keep the university campus clean and free of plastic waste.
“This campaign would be an ongoing programme in the campus with an objective of freeing it of single-use plastic involving all stakeholders such as students, faculty members, shopkeepers, staff and residents of the university spearheaded by the alumni association in association with university authorities and BMC,” said Patnaik.
The BMC, under its ‘Mu Safaiwala’ campaign, has conducted mass cleaning by engaging its Safaikarmis and mechanical sweepers cleaned up the entire campus.
On the occasion, the civic body has donated 10 large dustbins, cloth bags to the university authority which will be put up at different places on the campus of the varsity.
It also distributed leaflets, pamphlets to make students aware of single use plastic such as water bottles, bags, cup, plates, jugs, plastic straws, and certain type of sachets or pencils boxes and asked them to abolish the plastic from their routine life on the campus. Students were also given jute bags to use in their daily life instead of plastic bags.
Among other officials who were present at the event are Prof. Sabita Acharya, Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University, Prof. Ashok Das, General Secretary and former Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University, Prof. Basant Kumar Mallick, Chairman, PG Council, Avaya Kumar Nayak, Registrar, Utkal University, Dilip Kumar Bisoi, eminent journalist and State Information Commissioner and several officer bearers of alumni association.