Despite ban, use of plastic bag rampant


AmritsarPosted at: Jun 18, 2017, 2:54 AM; last updated: Jun 18, 2017, 2:54 AM (IST)

A vegetable vendor uses plastic bags in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo: Sunil Kumar

Divya Sharma

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 17

It seems that there is no check on the use of plastic carry bags in the city as residents and shopkeepers continue to use these bags.
Last year in April, the then Parkash Singh Badal-led government banned the use and sale of plastic carry bags.
As per the notification, non-bio degradable plastic carry bags or containers, including items made from thermocol, have been banned under Section 7 of the Punjab Plastic Carry Bag Act.
Municipal Corporation Commissioners and Executive Officers (EOs) in Municipal Councils or Nagar Panchayats were nominated for the purpose of lodging complaints regarding the violation of orders as per the instruction.
A random visit to the city on Saturday revealed the unregulated use of banned material across the city.
From vegetable vendors to high–end stores, everyone is using the banned plastic bags to help the customers in carrying the purchased material, especially vegetable vendors in the city. Most of the violators were caught unaware of the harmful effects and the ban on plastic bags.
Ram Prasad, a vegetable vendor, said, “There is no alternative to these bags. These bags are easy to carry for me as well as for my customers.”
“I had no idea that the plastic bags have been banned by the authorities and are harmful. Moreover, the alternative of the plastic bags is costly,” added Prasad when asked about the ban imposed on the use plastic bags.
Not only vegetable vendors but various shops owners in various commercial markets have not refrained from using the non-biodegradable.
Pointing at the collective responsibility of both residents as well authorities, Anita Sharma, a school teacher said, “The government and residents will have to step forward to ensure the implementation of the ban.”
Urging the people to come forward for the effective implementation of the ban, MC Joint Commissioner Sorabh Arora said, “We urge the people to come forward and not to use the plastic bags. If possible, they should try to carry their own bags. We will be organising drives to distribute eco-friendly jute bags at free of cost in the city.”

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