Govt revives anti-plastic campaign in Kathmandu

LALITPUR: The government is once again planning to launch a campaign to make Kathmandu Valley a plastic-free zone.

The Department of Environment under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment informed so, organising a news conference here today.

The campaign, launched by the government to establish the Capital as a beautiful city, was obstructed due to the April 25 earthquake.

Director General at the Department, Suraj Pokharel, said that they have forwarded action against 12 businesspersons for selling polythene bags against the government's directive from different parts from April 14 to 24.

The Department had seized around 30 quintals of polythene bags in course of monitoring. The monitoring would be carried out by forming eight teams, according to the Department.

On the occasion, Spokesperson and Joint-Secretary at the Ministry, Mahendra Kumar Thapa, released a book 'Journal of Environment Science' and urged the plastic entrepreneurs to follow the government's directive and law to make the Capital plastic-free.

Pointing out the vital role of media persons in environment protection, he expected support from the media in the days ahead.