Ooty all set to go plastic-free from August 15th

One of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India, Ooty in Tamil Nadu is going to be plastic-free from August 2019 onwards. The Nilgiri District Administration, is in charge of Ooty, has passed a rule to ban the sale of single-use plastics that include water bottles, food items packed in plastic, and soft drinks in the town and the highways leading to the district’s major towns.

The ban has been announced following an order by Madras High Court prohibiting the entry of any kind of plastic packages into the district. The court has banned the entry of single-use plastics in the following entry points in Nilgiri – Burliar, Kakkanallah, Kunjapanai, Nadugani, Pattavayal, Geddai, Nambiar Kunnu, Thalur, and Solladi. The tourists would be required to drop any plastic items that they carry along with them before they enter the district.

The tourists coming to Ooty are advised to carry recyclable plastic containers for water. However, there will also be RO water stations set up along the highways that lead to Ooty and major tourist spots in the district.

Kodaikanal has also banned single-use plastics in the hill station.