Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday issued directions to all deputy commissioner and commissioners of municipal corporations to strictly implement The Punjab Plastic Bags (Manufacture, Usage and Disposal) Control Act, prohibiting the manufacture, disposal and use of polythene bags.
Taking an exception to the pollution being caused by the rampant use of polythene in the cities and rural areas despite imposition of ban since May 1 last year, Sukhbir observed that authorities have been lax in imposition of ban and drains and sewerage in cities and rural areas were getting choked with polythene. He added that even stray cattle were becoming victim after consuming polythene.
Seeking weekly report on the action taken by various districts in imposition of ban on polythene, Sukhbir said an eye should be kept on the manufacturing units and selling points of polythene.
He said after imposition of ban on polythene in New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, there had been a substantial improvement in the environment. The officials must launch a campaign to educate the masses regarding the ill-effects of polythene and motivate public to use bio-degradable jute bags, Sukhbir added.