Mamata sets up committee to tackle environmental woes
Kolkata: The state government has set up a six-member committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De, to look into environment
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while inaugurating a community Durga Puja in Behala, expressed her deep concern over the key issues related to the environment.
Referring to the annual report on environment 2017, published by the United Nations, she said that awareness is required to preserve nature.
The UN report mentions: "For the first time, scientists have found direct proof that the ozone layer is healing. And now we move to address bigger challenges with the Kigali Amendment coming into force, to phase out substances that have a serious impact on our climate."
Banerjee said it is a tragedy that people don't keep the areas where they live clean. "We have installed compactors throughout the state but despite that people are throwing garbage into the waterbodies. This is wrong," she said.
Earlier, she had raised the slogan "Save Green, Stay Clean" while inaugurating a community Durga Puja at Sribhumi last week. She also urged the people's representatives to keep the areas under their jurisdiction clean.
"It is our responsibility to keep the areas clean. It is most unfortunate that after painting a wall in bright colours, some people have a tendency to spit on it," she said.
She said the state government has set up a six-member committee headed by the Chief Secretary to look after the environmental issues.
Though the civic authorities often conduct drives against the use of plastic carry bags in the markets, the shopkeepers continue to use them. These bags pose a serious threat as they often choke the underground sewer lines, causing massive waterlogging in different areas.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister inaugurated Durga Puja at Behala Natun Dal, Barisha Club, Ekchollish Palli and Haridevpur Ajay Sanhati.
While inaugurating the Puja at Behala Natun Dal, she said: "The Puja becomes meaningless if the children do not look after their parents when they become old and infirm. Parents should be treated as Gods because this is our tradition and culture."
Meanwhile, construction of the bailey bridge to smoothen traffic flow during the Pujas in vast areas of Behala and its neigbourhoods, is being carried out in full swing. The installation of one bridge has been completed while work on the other one is underway. The installation of the bridges became necessary, after a portion of Majerhat bridge collapsed on September 4.