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The drive began in Chitradurga on Tuesday in association with the KSPCB
‘Shop visits part of our first phase to implement directions of the Supreme Court'
Inspection:Municipal Commissioner Vijay Kumar and CMC president Sunita Mallikarjun checking plastic bags at a shop during the awareness drive in Chitradurga on Wednesday.
Chitradurga: Following the direction of the Supreme Court to minimise the use of plastic bags, the City Municipal Council, in association with the officials of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, has been conducting an awareness drive for the past two days in the city.
As per the order of the apex court, no company shall manufacture, stock or distribute plastic bags that is less than 40 microns in thickness.
“In order to check whether the shopkeepers and stockists are selling plastic bags of less than the prescribed thickness, the CMC has undertaken this drive for the past two days. We have been visiting shops in the city and collecting plastic bags which are not up to the prescribed thickness. We are also directing them not to purchase such plastic bags,” Municipal Commissioner Vijay Kumar said.
He said that in the drive that started on Tuesday, the CMC collected about a tonne of plastic bags that were less than the prescribed thickness.
Accompanied by CMC president Sunita Mallikarjun, the officials are mainly going to shops that sell their wares in plastic bags.
Ms. Mallikarjun said they were going to mutton/chicken stalls, roadside food stalls, bakeries and hotels, besides shops that sell groceries.
“These are shops that sell goods in plastic bags that are not up to the prescribed standard. To make them aware of the law, we are going to shops, which is part of our first phase to implement the directions of the apex court,” she said.
Mr. Kumar said that from the coming Monday, the CMC would start booking cases against sellers of plastic bags that are less than 40 microns in thickness, mainly wholesale dealers, if they continued to sell these bags.
“Meanwhile, we will distribute handbills among people and make public announcements through autorickshaws. We will also get copies of the order printed and distributed among shopkeepers,” he said.
Asked why only plastic bags less than 40 microns was being banned, CMC officials said that such plastic was more hazardous to the environment.
“We are facing problems in cleaning of drains as they often get clogged by these plastic bagss. Besides, stray cattle feed on this, resulting in their death. The cattle don't feed on thicker plastic bags, possibly because they can't swallow them,” Mr. Kumar said.
He claimed that the CMC step was being appreciated by the people and shopkeepers.
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