If you are one of those Vizagites who’s proud of our long coastline and unspoilt, pristine beaches, then this picture will surely create more awareness to the vizagites to create Vizag Clean and Green City. A giant fish mural made out of recycled plastic bottle has been installed in Visakhapatnam’s RK beach road yesterday. The mural was reportedly commissioned by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, to promote the recycling of plastic bottles and sustainable living. The other 90 per cent end up in the landfill or litter environment, a board set up by the GVMC said.
The beautiful RK beach was slowly losing its charm because of the growing amount of waste generation. Of this total waste generated each day, most of it is littered around by vizagites (including tourists 1.5 lakhs per year) who often thoughtlessly throw away single-use plastics, which not only chocks the sea but is also turning into a major threat for fish species and other marine life.
Senior Official of GVMC spoke to Hello Vizag said understanding how badly plastic waste affects the environment, GVMC has declared war on plastic pollution. From implementing the ban on plastic bags to deciding to minimise the use of environmentally hazardous plastic on different occasions including state functions and setting up garbage treatment plant facility and a number of actions and policies is curbing the plastic menace.
In the past, thematic statues installed at different junctions have given a new look to the city. As part of the GVMC’s beautification drive, over 14 sculptures have been installed at different places. Animals like tiger, dinosaur, hen, camel and giraffes adorn the Beach Road, attracting children. Every sculpture installed depicts a theme like Buddha made of fibre glass at NAD Junction, depicting a momentary peace and the statue of the girl child at the Complex, showing the need to save the girl child. The replica of the Konark Wheel of the Konark Sun Temple at Costal Battery and sculpture of Mermaid with two Dolphins at RK Beach were installed Friday.