GCZMA wants ban on single-use plastics in coastal areas
PANAJI: After the state environment department issued orders last month to impose curbs on use of single-use plastic items in government offices, the Goa coastal zone management authority (GCZMA) has decided to push for a similar ban along the state’s coastal stretches.
GCZMA has decided at its recent meeting to rope in the Goa state biodiversity board (GSBB) to help raise awareness among businesses run along the state’s coastal stretches.
“The authority considered the direction issued by the department of environment & climate change vide circular dated October 18, 2021, concerning the reduction in single-use plastic and felt that areas falling under CRZ should be free from single-use plastics,” the GCZMA has said. “The authority decided to hold a consultation workshop together with GSBB to stop the usage of single-use plastic by commercial units falling under coastal zone regulation in a time-bound manner,” states the decision taken by the authority.