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Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi bans

Gurdwara Bangla Sahib has decided to ban the use of all types of plastic in the holy shrine complex to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), said on Tuesday that the biggest heritage Sikh shrine situated in the heart of the national capital had banned disposable plates, glasses, spoons, thermocol cups and plates, etc, and switched to steel bowls for serving clean drinking water and steel plates for serving ‘langar’ to the visiting devotees.

According to a statement, it is also taking several other eco-friendly initiatives aiming at achieving the status of the cleanest place in Delhi. Around 5,000 poly bags/thermocol cup-plates used to distribute ‘prasad’ and fruits to the devotees daily have been replaced with eco-friendly jute bags and leaf bowls since October 2.

The DSGMC has set up a recycling plant capable of handling two tonnes of flower and ‘langar’ waste, and dry leaves on a daily basis to make organic manure and vermin-compost from the waste materials. The fully automatic plant has been commissioned on an experimental basis at present to experiment with the zero-waste model and will be commissioned on full scale during the current month.

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