The next time you visit the legendary Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Connaught Place in New Delhi, there won’t be any plastic plate or spoon in view to give out you the food. Apparently, one of the biggest Sikh shrines in India, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, has taken a judgment to put a complete ban on the usage of single-use plastic. The decision was taken recently by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Committee.
In fact, about 11 more Gurudwaras in Delhi will totally stop using all types of plastic items inside their premises.
Agreeing to the news reports, single-use plastic and thermocol items like glasses, plates, spoons and polythene bags would also be prohibited. The judgment has been applied at the gurudwara beginning from October 2, 2019.
Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), informed the press that about 5000 poly bags and thermocol cup-plates were utilized every day to serve fruits and other edible items to the guests. Though, the Gurudwara management has started using eco-friendly jute bags, leaf bowls and plates for serving food now.
In addition, a reusing plant has also been formed by the Gurudwara Committee to reuse a large amount of langar waste and used flowers that are offered at the shrine by the enthusiasts. The organic waste is converted into manure and vermicompost.
The committee has now implemented a new measure to prepare for the langar, which includes clean, piped natural gas. The gurudwara officials have substituted wood and charcoal with clean-piped natural gas to make food for 35000 people daily.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is linked with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. It was initially a palace owned by Raja Jai Singh, who later built a pond over a well which was used by Guru Har Kishan to serve the sick people. It is penned that the Guru himself had stayed at the palace of Jai Singh for some time.
Other Gurdwaras that have applied the ban on single-use plastic items are Rakabganj Sahib, Sis Ganj Sahib, Moti Bagh Sahib etc. The judgment to put the prohibition was to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.