Hyderabad: KT Rama Rao, Minister, inaugurated the IPLEX 2018, the four day South India’s biggest Plastic exhibition in the city at Hitex. The Inaugural function was graced by Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Govt of TS; Hiten Bheda, President of All India Plastics Manufacturers Association; Dr. Prof. SK Nayak, CIPET; Venugopal Jasti, Anil Reddy Vennum and others.
Addressing the gathering KT Rama Rao responded to the request made by Venu Gopal Jasthi, Convenor of IPLEX 2018 and President of TAAPMA (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Plastics Manufacturers Association), and announced that Telangana Govt will work with TAAPMA to develop Plastics Park at Thummalur in Ranga Reddy District. This park, spread over 110 acres, will attract Rs. 500 plus crores investment and will provide direct employment to 5000 people.
‘Plastics uses are many fold. We have given guidelines to Municipal authorities on single use plastics. All plastics are not harmful’ Rama Rao said
Telangana Government is committed to promote sustainable development by investing in Technology. We will promote aggressively reusable plastic industry. We don’t mind giving more incentives to promote such industries. We will work with TAAPMA towards this direction, he informed.
He started his speech by sharing with audience that Telangana Govt has selected 14 sectors as priority areas to promote investment. Plastics and Ploymers is one of them, Rama Rao said Since the year 2017, the Plastics Industry in the Telangana State attracted Rs 1000crore investment providing employment to 2000 people, the Minister informed
Ban is Not the Solution
Anil Reddy Vennam, Chairman, Advisory Committee of IPLEX 2018, said the use of Plastics is on the rise in spite of hue and cry made about it. Plastics is omnipresent and it continues to be so until an alternative material is invented. Rama Rao and Jayesh Ranjan unveiled Exhibition Directory and Exhibition Daily News Letter. Plastics ban is not the solution. Explore the other possibilities. Change littering habits of people, segregation, recycling has to be encouraged, said Anil Reddy.
Ban is not a solution, said Hiten Bheda, President if The All India Plastics Manufacturers Association.
He requested TS Government that the much talked about Plastics Park since the year 2914 is not materialized.
Entry to the expo is by invitation or by flashing a business card. Otherwise, the visitor has to buy an entry ticket at a cost of Rs 100/-. The expo is open from 10 am to 6pm. It will conclude August 6.(NSS)