Single-use plastic banned in Jharkhand wildlife reserves


The state’s wildlife chief has issued an order stating that the restrictions will take effect “with immediate effect”

Achintya Ganguly



Posted 08.11.21, 00:14 AM

Those planning to visit a wildlife sanctuary or zoo in Jharkhand must refrain from using single-use plastic or face severe penalties, according to an order issued by the state’s chief wildlife custodian. November 1.

The restrictions will come into effect “with immediate effect”.

The ban was imposed “in view of the detrimental effects that single-use plastic has on wildlife and its habitat,” said Rajeev Ranjan, the chief wildlife ranger.

Under the ordinance issued after “the exercise of the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, the use and discharge of SUP (single-use plastic) would be prohibited in all national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Jharkhand” Ranjan said, adding that the ordinance will also apply to Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park in Ormanjhi and Birsa Mriga Bihar in Kalamati, commonly referred to as Ormanjhi Zoo and Deer Park, respectively.

Those found to violate the ordinance would face a maximum prison term of three years or a fine of up to Rs 25,000 or both, depending on the ordinance.

The Union government has also decided to phase out plastic designed to be thrown away after single use or sent for recycling, and the 2021 Plastic Waste Management Change Rules set July 2022 as the deadline for this. .

Jharkhand wildlife authorities enforced it well in advance and the ban is expected to help control the threat as dozens of tourists from across Jharkhand and neighboring states visit many of the dozens of wildlife sanctuaries in the area. State, such as the Palamau Tiger Reserve in Betla, near Daltonganj. in winter every year.

Residents of Ranchi and the surrounding area also visit Ormanjhi Zoo and the Deer Park in Kalamati in large numbers throughout the year.

“It’s a welcome decision,” said Dr Omprakash Sahu, a veterinarian attached to Ormanjhi Zoo.

“If an animal swallows such a plastic product along with the food scraps it may contain, it can never be digested and can even cause intestinal obstruction, warranting surgery,” the vet explained, adding that a this could be avoided if single-use plastic is completely banned in the zoo.

Kumar Ashish, deputy director of the Palamau Tiger Reserve, agreed and added that it was otherwise nearly impossible to monitor every animal in the sanctuaries.

“We still discourage visitors from carrying single-use plastic inside the tiger reserve, but this order will help us enforce the ban strictly throughout the area as part of the tiger reserve project,” he said. he said, adding that visitors should also help by behaving responsibly. .