Mumbai, India, May 6, 2014 - Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company, has been undertaking various initiatives to conserve the environment in and around the project sites. In line with this philosophy, Tata Power organized a 'Plastic-Free Campaign' in Chembur – Mumbai to spread awareness on a large scale about saving the environment from the hazards of plastic bag usage.
Addressing the environmental issues, a meeting was organized with the Chief Guest Mr. Subhash Dalvi, Officer on Special Duty, MCGM where he distributed Tulsi plants, cloth bags and posters with awareness messages. In addition to this, he initiated an informative discussion on the hazards of plastic usage. During the meeting, he revealed that on an average one household uses 1000 plastic bags per year, which amounts to 300 lakh plastic bags being used per year in Mumbai. He also conveyed that everyone should control the usage of plastic bags and instead use cloth bags. Therefore, he urged everyone present there to take a pledge in making 'Majhi Mumbai' clean.
Through this campaign, Tata Power distributed one lakh Tulsi saplings to the communities in and around the significant areas of Mumbai to spread the message of "Care for Environment". They also distributed 10,000 cloth bags to the communities including domestic workers employed in the residential colonies of Tata Power. Several Cloth Bags, 5000 posters to Apna Bazaars', Sahakari Bhandars and shop vendors were distributed. Further, Tata Power organized street plays to spread the message of the 'Plastic Free Campaign' amongst the general public and also organized poster, slogans, drawing and essay competition for school children and Women Self Help Group's.
Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Ashok Sethi, Chief – Operations, Tata Power, said "We are extremely happy to be able to create awareness amongst the people to take up such initiatives and make a positive mark on the society as well as the environment. We believe that such small steps in this direction will go a long way in creating a huge difference in our future. Tata Power will continue organizing such initiatives for the betterment of the society."
Local media was on hand to cover the event including this story by The Free Press Journal, "Mumbai uses 300 lakh plastic bags a year."
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