New Delhi: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has declared 55 airports as ‘Single-Use Plastic-Free Airport Terminals’ on Tuesday. The move is part of AAI’s plan to rid its airports of single-use plastic, in line with the message delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day, an official release said.
The illustrious list
The airports that have been declared single-use plastic free in Phase 1 are: Agartala, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Goa, Guwahati, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Tiruchirappalli, Tirupati, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. A total of 16 among these were declared plastic-free in January this year.
As part of its commitment towards environment protection, AAI had promised to make 20 additional airports single-use plastic-free within 100 days of the formation of the new government. Accordingly, on the basis of third-party assessment carried out by the Quality Council of India, 20 more AAI airports — namely Allahabad, Aurangabad, Belgaum, Bhuj, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Gaya, Gorakhpur, Jabalpur, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kangra, Khajuraho, Leh, Rajahmundry, Rajkot, Silchar, Surat and Tuticorin —have been declared single-use plastic-free on August 30 in Phase- II.
AAI enhancing waste management system
Various steps have been undertaken by AAI to eliminate the single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side of AAI airports. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries, plastic plates etc, an official release said.
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AAI is also enhancing its waste management systems and is promoting the use of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives like use of biodegradable garbage bags in garbage bins and installation of plastic bottle crushing machine at airports. AAI airports have also started various awareness campaigns for sensitising all stakeholders, especially passengers, towards the cause.