With an aim to make 500-meter area around Taj Mahal litter free and phase out single use plastic, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma administered a pledge to Agra Residents.
The pledge called “Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution” was made in the presence of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Diya Mirza. The declaration came ahead to the World Environment day, June 5.
Well before the declaration was undertaken, workshops were conducted to deal with problem. The major focus of the workshop is to curb littering around the 17th century monument. Short term and Long term plans are worked up on.
Minister Mahesh Sharma highlighted that India and the whole world is facing a huge problem of pollution caused by the use of plastic. He said that the message of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ is meant not just for Agra residents but to the whole country.
The UNEP representatives and Goodwill Ambassador expressed their happiness that all the agencies came together for a noble cause of beating plastic pollution. The Environment day to be celebrated on June 5 has a slogan of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.