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http://www.pragativadi.com/260811/local6.htm

26 August 2011

Kendrapada:
The ban imposed by the forest department on tourists carrying polythene and plastic material inside the Bhitarakanika National Park since August 1 last, has helped some locals to get a means of livelihood by selling eco-friendly paper and cotton carry bags.

Divisional Forest Officer of Rajnagar Mangrove Forest and Wildlife division Manoj Kumar Mohapatra said that though the forest department had earlier prohibited the tourists to carry polythene and plastic bags into the park, it was not strictly implemented.

In order to implement the restriction in true letter and spirit regarding polythene and plastic bags inside the park, we have been very vigilant since the park was opened on August 1 last for the tourists. The park had been closed to tourists for almost of two and a half months in view of the crocodile nesting season, the DFO revealed.

Visitors can find the eco-friendly bags near the park, which are being sold by the members of local eco-development committees.

The locals are helping in spreading the campaign: Stop carrying polythene and plastic materials inside the Bhitarakanika, he informed.

All the profits, which will generate from selling the eco friendly bags, would be kept by the eco-development committees.

The scheme envisages generating self-employment for the locals as well as improving the local economy as the eco-friendly bags made up of paper and cotton material are being manufactured by the eco-committees, said Ranger of Kanika, Durga Charan Sahu.

The park is on the tentative list to get into the prestigious UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list, sources said.