Deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin held a meeting with all the sub-divisional officers (SDMs), assistant commissioners, officers of the municipal corporation and food and supplies department to work out modalities to strictly enforce the ban on use of polythene bags in the city on Wednesday.
He constituted five separate committees under the chairmanship of SDMs/asssistant commissioners with police officials as well as representatives of resident welfare associations, as members, to spread public awareness about the harmful effects of using polythene bags and to carry out regular inspections in this regard.
These committees have been directed to submit a weekly report to the deputy commissioner. Students from schools and colleges as well as their parents would also be made aware of the drive in order to strengthen it.
Strict action will be taken against defaulters who are found using plastic carrybags. A fine upto Rs 1 lakh can be imposed on habitual defaulters. Storage of large quantity of polythene bags for sale may invite fines leading to sealing of premises also. All traders have been appealed to follow these directives in the interest of maintaining cleanliness in the City Beautiful.
Another meeting was held with various residential welfare associations, regarding the drive and to persuade people to voluntarily stop using polythene bags. Representatives of more than 70 associations attended the meeting and showed a very receptive approach to enforce the ban.
The deputy commissioner would hold more such meetings in this regard with traders associations, various union, etc.