In a milestone achievement, GMR-led Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) has declared that Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi has become the first single-use plastic-free airport in India.
The certificate of being a plastic-free public space was conferred to IGI Airport by the Confederation of Indian Industry-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CII-ITC CESD).
For the unaware, CII-ITC CESD is an organization that helps the business achieve sustainability. The same organization was overseeing the implementations of sustainability measures at the airport premises.
“Our objective to make Delhi Airport free from single-use plastic is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to abolish all single-use plastic from India by 2022. DIAL is committed to preserve the environment and do its bit,” said DIAL Chief Executive Officer Videh Kumar Jaipuriar.
Nevertheless, the airport is not entirely plastic-free as some plastic items have been exempted from the list of banned products. These products, as per a report by Livemint, include tamper-evident bags, sealed PET bottles, pre-packaged materials from manufacturers meant for sale and compostable plastic bags.
Curbing the use of single-use plastic is both a part of India’s historic Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.