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Malls told to ban polythene

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, December 23, 2012
First Published: 01:14 IST(23/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:16 IST(23/12/2012)

The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has asked all the malls and other shop owners to give an affidavit that they will not use polythene bags from the next year.

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According to MCG commissioner Vijay Singh Dahiya, he held a meeting with mall owners on November 28 and they had assured that they would declare their malls polythene-free by December 31. Affidavits have been asked from them as a reminder to their commitment.

On Friday, the commissioner has asked his department officials to inspect all the malls and collect affidavits. Mall owners can also submit the affidavits at the MCG office by December 31.

"There is no harm in giving an affidavit as we have vowed not to use polythene bags. We have stopped using polythene. Not a single shopkeeper here is using polythene bags. We have fully cooperated with the MCG's drive against plastic," said JK Gupta, manager of Sahara Mall.

The MCG has not imposed fine on any shops but it has been carrying the campaign for the past one month.

"Mall owners have been cooperative in making the drive successful. Yet, we expect they declare in writing their malls are fully polythene-free," Dahiya said. The commissioner has appointed several teams of officials to visit the malls. He himself has been inspecting old Gurgaon's markets appealing shop owners to stop using polythene bags.The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has asked all the malls and other shop owners to give an affidavit that they will not use polythene bags from the next year.

According to MCG commissioner Vijay Singh Dahiya, he held a meeting with mall owners on November 28 and they had assured that they would declare their malls polythene-free by December 31. Affidavits have been asked from them as a reminder to their commitment.

On Friday, the commissioner has asked his department officials to inspect all the malls and collect affidavits. Mall owners can also submit the affidavits at the MCG office by December 31.

"There is no harm in giving an affidavit as we have vowed not to use polythene bags. We have stopped using polythene. Not a single shopkeeper here is using polythene bags. We have fully cooperated with the MCG's drive against plastic," said JK Gupta, manager of Sahara Mall.

The MCG has not imposed fine on any shops but it has been carrying the campaign for the past one month.

"Mall owners have been cooperative in making the drive successful. Yet, we expect they declare in writing their malls are fully polythene-free," Dahiya said. The commissioner has appointed several teams of officials to visit the malls. He himself has been inspecting old Gurgaon's markets appealing shop owners to stop using polythene bags.

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