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Use of plastic at Dudhsagar waterfall to be banned

In an effort to conserve the environment in the vicinity of the popular Dudhsagar waterfall, the Goa government is planning to ban the use of plastic. At the same time, there is also a plan to limit the number of tourists who visit the waterfall.

Parrikar was speaking at an event organised to mark the international day for biodiversity.

“I would advise Secretary, Forest, that a lot of plastic is accumulated there. We should keep it spotless. In fact, we should ban plastic. Stop the vehicle and ask everyone to deposit their plastic and take it back when they go back,” Parrikar was quoted by IANS.

Dudhsagar Waterfall is a popular destination for tourists round the year. Heavy footfall at the location had created a lot of plastic being dumped at the site. This has been of concern for not only the Tourism authorities but also many environmentalists.

Parrikar also mentioned the need to limit the number of people visiting the waterfall. The sustainable number has been gauged between 200,000 to 250,000 per year.

“The moment it (a tourist spot) is popular, we destroy the biodiversity of the place… Tourism can grow with help of bio-diversity and environment,” he added.

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