New Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Wednesday launched the Plastic Waste Shramdan Campaign in all four SDMC Zones under the Swachhata hi Sewa initiative in a bid to encourage care for the environment. The municipality said in a statement that this campaign will try to maximise citizen participation as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.The Swachhata hi Sewa initiative is a six-week-long campaign that will see large-scale citizens engagement activities for awareness and community mobilisation through Shramdan, clean and green drives swachhata rallies and other programmes aimed at mass scale plastic waste collection and disposal of single-use plastic. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKeeping with the initiative, SDMC Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti on Wednesday addressed a meeting where he instructed all heads of departments to make the week-long plastic waste shramdan from October 21, a result-oriented effort. He added that single-use plastic is not only detrimental to the environment but also harmful to the health of citizens. “It is essential to conserve natural resources for the next generation; for this, we will have to raise together a forceful voice against plastic,” Bharti said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe also asked officers of SDMC to seriously work on enforcing the ban on single-use plastic, adding that they must everyday visit field for two hours to ensure quantitative contribution in the plastic ban. The Commissioner asked the officers to submit a weekly report on action taken with respect to the plastic ban. He further stated that it must be ensured that none of the items made from the harmful plastic be used in SDMC offices. The SDMC also launched a public awareness programme on the ban of plastic items in all the four Zones, with all HoDs and zonal staff taking a pledge to abandon the use of plastic. Meetings were organised with over 50 Resident Welfare Associations and Market Association to discuss these issues.