The National Green Tribunal's (NGT) order banning the use of polythene seems to have no takers in Haridwar.
The green panel in July had banned the use of plastic bags in the pilgrim cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. The decision will give a boost to the clean Ganga mission.
Sharik Zaidi, the commissioner appointed by the NGT was left red faced when he inspected the Har - Ki - Pauri on Saturday.
During the inspection, Zaidi found rampant use of polythene at the ghat.
Pilgrims coming to Haridwar in the ongoing Kanwar Yatra are also using plastic cans for filling Ganga water. Moreover polythene sheets were been sold in the market, the commissioner found during his two-hour long inspection.
Additional divisional magistrate (administration) Jeewan Singh Nanginyal said the authorities were doing their best to eliminate the use plastic bags as per the NGT order.
"We had many rounds of talks with the local traders. Cooperation from local residents and traders is must to ensure the ban in the city," he said.
The tribunal bench headed by Justice Swatantra Kumar had in an order had stated that usage of polythene has become a hazard not only in Haridwar and Rishikesh city but also along the Ganga ghats.
The order had said that a minimum fine of Rs 5,000 would imposed if anyone was found bringing, using or selling the polythene bags or material in the cities.
Traders, however, are not in favour of the ban.
The NGT order banning the use of polythene does not go well with the traders as well as pilgrims, said Rajeev Sharma, a shopkeeper in Haridwar.
"Disposal of polythene could be discussed but banning is not a great idea," Shrama, told Hindustan Times.
What does NGT order state?
"The Municipal Corporation, Pollution Control Board and police shall within one week from today (July 2, 2015) place appropriate sized dustbins near the shops and it would be mandatory for people to throw waste in dustbins only.
“The waste shall be collected on daily basis and taken at appropriate site and dumped according to MSW Rules, 2000," the NGT order reads.