Desk: The Trinamool Congress government of West Bengal has taken initiative to make the Ganga Sagar mela- a plastic free zone. According to a senior government official, the local administration has been given the responsibility to ensure that people coming to attend the mela do not litter the place or in Ganga with non-biodegradable materials.

The Gangasagar Panchayat family said, “We have been working all around the year trying to make the area a no-plastic zone. But this will take some time.”

The senior official added that they have been distributing leaflets to the local residents as well as the pilgrims of the place to raise awareness about the garbage disposal issues. A member of the Gangasagar panchayat amity said, “Two types of bins will be placed at the Ghats. While the green ones are for biodegradable garbage, the yellows will be for non-biodegradable materials.” He further added, “This drive, initiated last year, is already showing positive results. The roads and the beaches, as well as the mela ground, are now clean and free of plastics.”

Meanwhile, during Makar Sankranti, lakhs of Hindu pilgrims take a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga and Bay of Bengal in Sagar Island.

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