Plastic pollution transforming many tourist sites into dumps | Visakhapatnam News


Visakhapatnam: despite the ban on the use of polythene in tourist places, including Andhra Kashmir – Lammasingi – in the new Alluri Seetarama Raju district, the lack of proper garbage disposal mechanisms and the attention of municipal authorities to keep areas clean turn many tourist sites into dumping grounds.
The average tourist attendance in Araku and Lammasingi is over 15,000 per day during the tourist season from October to February the first week. In the remaining months, about 7,000 tourists a day are seen.
Not only Araku but also the new tourist attractions such as Vanjangi in Paderu, Kothapalli Waterfalls and others in the same district face plastic threat from tourists.
There is no data on plastic waste generated in tribal areas, especially in tourist destinations. But authorities say more than 50% is plastic waste, including water sachets, bottles and single-use plastics. Many new private resorts have appeared lately in various tourist places without any waste disposal facility.
Alluri Seetarama Raju District Collector Sumit Kumar told TOI that they are making plans to clean up the plastic waste first and then stop the plastics from entering the tribal areas.
Meanwhile, ITDA project manager R Gopala Krishna said they have been raising awareness since April 1, the day the plastic ban was announced. “We raised public awareness and a strict ban would be in place from July 1. We face labor issues, especially in tourist destinations. We will appoint a local man to take care of the sanitation,” he said.
The ITDA plans to set up a checkpoint type application on three roads leading to the Visakha tribal area. Strict enforcement would be implemented from July and fines would be imposed later.
Visakhapatnam: Despite the ban on the use of polythene in tourist places including Andhra Kashmir – Lammasingi – in the newly formed Alluri Seetarama Raju district, the lack of proper garbage disposal mechanisms and the attention of municipal authorities to keep areas clean turns many tourist sites into landfill sites.
The average tourist attendance in Araku and Lammasingi is over 15,000 per day during the tourist season from October to February the first week. In the remaining months, about 7,000 tourists a day are seen.
Not only Araku but also the new tourist attractions such as Vanjangi in Paderu, Kothapalli Waterfalls and others in the same district are facing plastic threat from tourists.
There is no data on plastic waste generated in tribal areas, especially in tourist destinations. But authorities say more than 50% is plastic waste, including water sachets, bottles and single-use plastics. Many new private resorts have appeared lately in various tourist places without any waste disposal facility.
Alluri Seetarama Raju District Collector Sumit Kumar told TOI that they are making plans to clean up the plastic waste first and then stop the plastics from entering the tribal areas.
Meanwhile, ITDA project manager R Gopala Krishna said they have been raising awareness since April 1, the day the plastic ban was announced. “We raised public awareness and a strict ban would be in place from July 1. We face labor issues, especially in tourist destinations. We will appoint a local man to take care of the sanitation,” he said.
The ITDA plans to set up a checkpoint type application on three roads leading to the Visakha tribal area. Strict enforcement would be implemented from July and fines would be imposed later.
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