However, plastic has now invaded the entire Gir sanctuary which
is the last abode of Asiatic lions. In fact, around 200 km of public roads pass
through the sanctuary, of which nearly 175 km is in Gir (west) division.
Plastic — empty water bottles and packets of snacks — is strewn on both sides
of the roads in the protected area. Concerned, the forest department on Friday
launched the first-ever drive to clean the sanctuary of plastic. While rough
estimates suggest that there could be 10 tonnes of plastic inside the
sanctuary, on the first day itself, volunteers collected about 580 kg plastic
waste from Gir (west) division.