SMEs (small and medium enterprises) will be allocated about 100 acres of land in the Model Plastics Park being developed by the Telangana government at Mankhal-Thummalur on the outskirts of Hyderabad, said Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce & IT.

The exclusive park was launched in 2017. The state has been proactive in meeting the demands put forth by the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Plastics Manufacturing Industry (TAAPMA). It provides employment to about three lakh people, he said at a curtain raiser meet on IPLEX 2018, a four-day international expo to be held in August.

About three lakh people are employed in the plastics industry, which is one of the growing sectors in the state. There has been a 50 per cent increase in consumption of raw material, It is also an industry with a low entry barrier, thus, offering opportunities to different sections of the poor as well, he added.

Ban no answer

Given the many benefits and business potential of plastics in packaging and other applications, a ban on it is not the solution, felt Gowra Srinivas, President, Federation of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTAPCCI).

The need is to create an effective after-use plastics economy. From 15 million tonnes in 1964, global production has surged to 311 million tonnes in 2014. It is projected to double to over 600 million tonnes in the next 20 years, he said.

Plastics don’t mean carry-bags, though there are over 100 products made out of the the polymer. There are about 20,000 plastic units in and around Hyderabad. Most of them are unorganised, with only 2000 in the organised sector, said Anil Reddy Vennam, a leading player from the industry.

He argued in favour of the judicious use of plastics and responsibility in disposing, recyling, etc, instead of a ban, which was not warranted. They should be conserved and recycled with appropriate measures announced by the government and industry associations.

Venu Gopal Jasti, Convenior, IPLEX 2018 and President of TAAPMA said the event is rotationally held once a year in major centres of South India -- Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi. It provides a common platform for participants in the plastics industry- manufactures, dealers, buyers and end-users.