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Day 1: Some are aware, others are flouting the plastic ban

Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 24, 2012
First Published: 00:08 IST(24/11/2012) | Last Updated: 00:09 IST(24/11/2012)

A mixed response from traders and consumers greeted the Delhi government’s ban on plastic.

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At Karol Bagh, small-time traders were seen flouting the ban with ease. When questioned, Amit Kumar, who was manning a stall selling woollens, said, “Yes, I’ve heard about it. This is the last lot of plastic bags I have. After that, customers will have to get their own bags.”

With no visible efforts to enforce the ban, plastic goods had a near normal day in the markets. Bigger shops, however, have moved beyond plastic. Vishal Mega Mart had a huge poster on its left doorway: “Use of plastic bags has been banned. Please use your own bags or buy non-woven bags available for sale at R4 per bag.”

Most others were also charging anything between Rs. 4 to Rs. 10 for these non-woven bags depending on the size and quality, or had switched to paper bags. “We have been using paper bags for over two months now,” Rajkumar Mahto, a Bata employee at a Karol Bagh outlet, said.

The consumers too are torn. Though environmental hazards are a definite concern for most, many pointed out the effectiveness of plastic bags. Lovely Singh, a 28-year-old businessman from Bhogal, said the government needed to find a viable alternative before banning plastic bags. “You can’t buy anything from the market unless you have a bag. A cost-effective alternative is needed,” he said.


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