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Green Activists to Build a Taj Mahal with Plastic Waste in Agra

The Taj city daily generates around a thousand tons of civic garbage, most of it plastic and polythene waste

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Green activists will attempt to construct a Taj Mahal with plastic and polythene waste at the Etmauddaula viewpoint park on the Yamuna river here.

At a workshop here by NGO Unfold Foundation to train activists on making eco-bricks with plastic bottles, members of the River Connect Campaign announced they would work on putting together a model of the Taj Mahal with these building blocks. The efforts could take around six months.

Eco-bricks are made of plastic bottles that are stuffed with polythene bags and sealed.

“This is a highly cost effective waste-control exercise based on common sense. We collect used plastic bottles, pack them with packing material, gutkha pouches and polythene, make the bottles air tight and seal them. The bottles become rock solid and are good enough to last 500 years,” Dr Meeta Kulshreshtha, a surgeon, and coordinator of Unfold Foundation, told IANS.

"Agra gets only a trickle. Since there is no storage facility in Agra, the monsoon water goes waste," river activist Harendra Gupta said.
Taj Mahal(Agra), Pixabay

“If one person can give us one bottle filled with waste material, in one year, we will have 20 lakh such eco-bricks to build any solid structure,” Programme Convener Harvijay Bahia said.

River Connect Campaign member Chaturbhuj Tiwari said: “Every week when we clean a patch of Yamuna riverbed, we gather heaps of polythene and used plastic material. If we can manage to fill all this in plastic bottles and jars, we could not only help solve a major urban problem, but have material ready for a structure to be used by the public. Tree guards, benches and stools are among the products that can be made.”

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The Taj city daily generates around a thousand tons of civic garbage, most of it plastic and polythene waste.

“If each household starts filling up bottles with used polythene bags and sliced plastic, we could easily prevent pollution of rivers and water bodies and also avoid choking of drains and sewer lines,” social activist Shravan Kumar Singh said. (IANS)

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Radhasoami Satsang Plants Hundreds of Saplings of Neem, Tamarind, Sheesham, Keenu and Shahtoot in Agra

SPHEEHA secretary Pradip Kumar Sahgal told IANS, saplings were planted by a group of children, registered under the Santsu Superman Scheme

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The green campaign, launched by the Society for Preservation of Healthy Environment and Ecology and Heritage of Agra (SPHEEHA), was inaugurated by P.S. Satsangi Sahab, spiritual leader of the Radhasoami Satsang, by planting a sapling of keenu. Pixabay

To support the Taj city greening drive, members of the Radhasoami Satsang, Dayalbagh, planted hundreds of saplings of neem, tamarind, sheesham, keenu and shahtoot, here on Saturday.

The green campaign, launched by the Society for Preservation of Healthy Environment and Ecology and Heritage of Agra (SPHEEHA), was inaugurated by P.S. Satsangi Sahab, spiritual leader of the Radhasoami Satsang, by planting a sapling of keenu.

SPHEEHA secretary Pradip Kumar Sahgal told IANS, saplings were planted by a group of children, registered under the Santsu Superman Scheme run by the Satsang. It regularly also monitors around 5,000 trees planted in cities, like Lucknow, Noida, Delhi, Pune, Agra Zone 2 and Mumbai.

Radhasoami Satsang, Saplings, Agra
To support the Taj city greening drive, members of the Radhasoami Satsang, Dayalbagh, planted hundreds of saplings of neem, tamarind, sheesham, keenu and shahtoot, here on Saturday. Pixabay

Special guest Prem Prashant, former Haryana Chief Secretary, underlined the importance of tree plantation and cautioned against unsustainable development and its adverse impact on the environment and ecology.

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Due to sustained plantation and regular monitoring of saplings over years, the Dayalbagh area here has turned lush green with high tree density. Devotees and pilgrims from outside also join the plantation drives. (IANS)