KOCHI: The low turnout of spectators for the 35th National Games in the state has disappointed not only the organisers but also the Kerala Suchitwa Mission (KSM) authorities. The KSM, which had launched the zero-waste campaign across 29 venues of the game by discarding the use of all types of disposable items, is yet to kick-off the campaign due to the low turnout of spectators.
The project was launched to use steel glasses, tumblers, dispensers, cups and similar reusable articles instead of plastic items to serve water to the visitors, athletes and the officials at the venues. It was to curb waste generation and spread awareness among the public.
Earlier, a green protocol committee in association with the National Games Committee, had been formed to ensure the implementation of the project across the state but the committee seems to be groping in the dark. “Along with water distribution, our main aim was to restrict use of plastic related items to the venues and thereby making a ‘green zone’.
In Kochi we have received 500 steel glasses,10-15 large kettles, cups etc but we couldn’t kickstart the campaign owing to the low number of spectators at the venues. When we counted the spectators on Tuesday at Cochin International Airport it was just five and in Jawaharlal Nehru stadium it was thirty and in Kadavanthra it is around 30. It is really impossible to start our project in such a situation,” said a top official of the Suchitwa Mission.
The mission had also planned to fix stickers on the plastic bottles of water or packaged food and also decided to impose a fee of `10. It was also decided to impose an additional fine if they miss the plastic bottles without stickers. But the mission also dropped that plan owing to the low number of sports enthusiastic. “We could start the campaign in Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur districts in the state as there are some events like tennis, athletics, swimming and football going on there but that too was dropped following the poor turnout of spectators,” official added.
The KSM had also trained around 500 volunteers from across the state for the green campaign.