IPL matches to go green, will follow Indore Declaration

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Chronicle Reporter, Indore

The city, which earned the tag of India’s cleanest city, is set to implement the concept of 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle of plastic waste) at the IPL matches to be held here at Holkar stadium from May 4, 2018.

The concept of 3Rs, also called the Indore Declaration, was released for countries of the Asia-Pacific region in the city last month. District collector Nishant Warwade told newspersons at collectorate on Tuesday that a decision has been taken to implement 3Rs in all the four IPL matches to be played at Holkar Stadium. He said the emphasis will also be on using organic goods.

As part of this initiative, the spectators will be asked to bring jute bags instead of plastic bags. Players will issue messages to follow green initiatives. Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association CEO Rohit Pandit who was also present at the press conference said paper cups and plates will be used. “We will have on-site composting facility,” he said.

Atul Bagai, country head of UN Environment, said that the objective of selecting the IPL matches and Indore city is quite obvious.

“Cricket is popular and considered as a religion, so the cleanliness and 3R measures taken in the matches will spread the message in big way. We will showcase that cleanliness can be maintained in big events and 3Rs can be followed,” he told mediapersons.

According to Bagai, Oval Cricket Ground has taken a pledge to free the stadium from use of plastic in next three years by 2020.

“But before that, we want to get it done in Indore in IPL matches,” he said. Satish Menon, CEO of Kings XI Punjab team, appreciated the move to introduce 3Rs in IPL matches in Indore.

“Our team will follow the protocol and we will use paper cups and plates. We will also re-use the banners, waste,” he said. MPCA secretary Milind Kanmadikar and MP Pollution Control Board joint director RK Gupta were also present.