Visakhapatnam: The Visakhapatnam General Authority (GVMC) has earned a place in the Wonder Book of Records for launching a massive awareness program on the ill effects of single-use plastic and its environmental impact among 2.4 lakh school children of the city.
The initiative, called ‘Big Promise’, also made parents a part of it. Students take the papers home, read the letter to their parents, and get their signatures. The GVMC has partnered with several NGOs and private organizations for the ‘Big Promise’ project.
Addressing mediapersons at GVMC office on Tuesday, GVMC chief minister G Hari Venkata Kumari said that the civic body has launched this unique initiative to spread the message to a wider audience. “The GVMC wants to make the city plastic-free over time,” said Hari Venkata Kumari. GVMC vice mayors Jiyyani Sridhar and K Satish also spoke on the occasion.
GVMC Commissioner P Raja Babu He said 530 schools in the city were involved in the awareness campaign. “We have brought together organizations including plastic manufacturers and users. The GVMC has collected Rs 9 lakh in fines this November compared to Rs 4 lakh during the same period last year. the scheme is taken up by GVMC to cover all sectors,” said Raja Babu.

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