VELLORE: On the eve of World Environment Day, NGOs have called upon industries to reduce pollution. They have also called upon citizens to switch to bicycles.
The district administration has appealed to the people of the district to avoid polluting nature as the lifestyle and growth of people should never hamper the environment.
Social activists here have suggested that the domestic garbage be segregated and handed over to civic body workers. Indiscriminate use of plastics and dumping them in public places choked the drainage and rainwater canals, which had become a breeding ground for vector borne diseases. People should start using cloth bags instead of plastic, they suggested.
Hotels should avoid using plastics for packing food items. Used plastic cups, water bottles and polythene sheets used during marriage functions should never be reused. Medical waste should be handed over to designated agencies for safe disposal. Every individual should plant trees and protect them. In order to tackle water scarcity issue, every household should install rainwater harvesting system and maintain them. Treated effluent must be reused. Industries should never emit smoke from their premises. The solid waste from industries should be properly treated and reused, the activists said.
Further the activists pointed out that people should switch over to solar power system to meet their requirements while reducing dependency on electricity. The emission from vehicles should be reduced. People should also start using bicycles, not only to protect environment but also for health reasons. Cancer causing smoking should be totally avoided.