AAI declares 20 airports more free to use singe plastic, brings the total number to 55

NEW DELHI: The Airports Authority of India has banned single-use plastic in 20 more locations, bringing the total number of its airports to bring this green initiative to 55. The 20 airports declared free of single-use plastic on Friday Past are: Allahabad Aurangabad, Belgaum, Bhuj, Dibrugarh , Dimapur , Gaya, Gorakhpur, Jabalpur, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kangra, Khajuraho, Leh, Rajahmundry, Rajkot, Silchar, Surat and Tuticorin.

These airports now join the ranks of another 35 that were declared free of single-use plastic in phase I. These 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.

During the Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to stop using single-use plastic bags before October 2, 2019. We are acting on that clarion call, said a AAI official The authority had committed it will make 20 more AAI Airports “single use plastic free airport terminals” within 100 days after formation of the new government post 2019 general elections.

“Accordingly, on the basis of third-party assessment carried out by the Quality Council of India, 20 more AAI Airports under Phase-II have been declared‘ single-use plastic free ’on August 30,” said the official.

AAI has already banned single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries and plastic plates at many airports. “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 the garbage bins and installation of plastic bottle crushing machine at airports. AAI airports have also started various awareness campaigns for sensitizing all stakeholders specially passengers towards the cause and to drive engagement and cooperation from all of them, ”AAI said in a statement.