Vrindavan, 2017.10.23 (VT): The state government has authorized a Chennai company to set up shop in Mathura, where it will produce diesel fuel from plastic waste. The plant will be located in Yamunapar, where the company has been given approximately two acres of land on lease for fifteen years by the government, for a mere 1.15 lakhs annual rent.
With over a billion people, the sheer amount of plastic garbage generated every day in India is unimaginable, and Vrindavan is no exception. The garbage generated by Vrindavan residents is often burned, polluting the air we breathe; and whatever is not burned is buried in the local landfill, or ends up in the Yamuna River.
Innovative solutions like this one are greatly needed in the temple town, where development has not been able to keep up with growth due to the city’s booming tourism industry. According to the nagar nigam‘s Assistant Comissioner Shri Brajesh Kumar, 175 tons of garbage are being produced every day in the Mathura-Vrindavan area, about 70 percent of which is plastic.
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