Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: By the end of 2019, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) which happens to be the country’s busiest airport will soon be plastic free. This airport has already started the process of not using plastic for grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery.
Other airports such as the Bengaluru International Airport has also been moving in that direction while Airports Authority of India (AAI) has also directed the airport directors to ensure that plastic is not used at airports anymore. Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said that the initiative is in line with India’s pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022.
A DIAL official said, “The Delhi airport has also taken a number of steps to eliminate single-use plastic. This includes mainly creating awareness, enhancing waste management systems and promoting the use of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives progressively. By 2019, the Delhi airport will become a plastic-free airport”.
DIAL plans to ensure use of smart and bio-friendly packaging for food takeaways and beverages, use of paper or environmental friendly bags for retail shopping and engage key stakeholder groups, raise awareness, enforce, monitor and adjust the chosen measure.