GUWAHATI, Oct 26 - Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi unveiled the ‘Ek diya Prakriti Ke Naam’ at the Dighalipukhuri here today.
It may be mentioned that the ‘diya’ that has the size of 8 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height was lit on the eve of Diwali to generate mass awareness regarding the menace of single-use plastic.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Mukhi said single-use plastics have a detrimental effect on the lives of humans and animals and thus there is an urgent need to discard single-use plastic. Environmental pollution caused by single-use plastic has become one of the most pressing environmental issues. Therefore, appropriate steps need to be taken to deal with pollution triggered by the rapid production of single-use plastics, he said.
Mukhi also observed that though the shelf life of plastic is very minimal, degradation of the same requires more than 1,000 years.