Kolkata: The Bengal Government has decided to make Sagar Island – the venue for the annual Gangasagar Mela – a plastic-free zone.
The local administration has already initiated measures to ensure that pilgrims coming to the area for the Gangasagar Mela do not the litter the place or the water of the Ganga with non-biodegradable materials. The Gangasagar Panchayat Samity has also been fixing for the cause.
Two types of bins will be placed at the ghats – green for biodegradable garbage and yellow for non-biodegradable materials.
The administration has been distributing leaflets to the local people and the visitors to create awareness on the matter. Besides, microphones installed at five ghats in the area will be guiding people on garbage disposal.
The triangular Sagar Island, situated around 130 km from Kolkata, is separated from the mainland by the rivers Ganga and Muriganga on two sides and faces the Bay of Bengal on the third side. Lakhs of Hindu pilgrims gather here every year during Makar Sankranti to take a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga and Bay of Bengal.