New Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Tuesday declared four educational institutes in its area “plastic-free” and inducted them into the prestigious “plastic-free” educational institutes club.These schools include that DPS Mathura Road, DPS Vasant Kunj, Kendriya Vidyalaya Andrewsganj and Birla Vidya Niketan Pushpa Vihar. The Vasant Kunj DPS on Tuesday held a public awareness programme where students, teachers and SDMC officials joined hands to pledge to contact as many people as possible and disseminate the message of stopping plastic usage. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarA number of students expressed their views on the harmful effects of single-use plastic, which has been damaging the environment and its natural resources for a long time now. The Mathura Road DPS also witnessed a similar event where 4,000 students took a pledge to avoid using single-use plastic. All canteens, kiosks and shop vendors functioning from the school campus have also been told to not use single-use plastic, including polythene bags, water bottles, straw and thermocol utensils, with every violation attracting a fine of Rs 500. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaSimilar events were also observed at the other schools. In addition, SDMC officials visited the National Law University and implored the Vice-Chancellor to advocate for the complete stop in the usage of single-use plastic, in the best interest of the environment. Similar events were organised at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, where Standing Committee Chairperson Bhupender Gupta felicitated the institute for becoming plastic-free and expressed his gratitude to the University for taking such environment-friendly steps.