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Shun plastic flags this Republic Day: Mayor

After pushing for an eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi, Mayor Shubha Raul now wants the city to celebrate an eco-friendly Republic Day too, Bhavika Jain reports.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2009 15:36 IST
Bhavika Jain

After pushing for an eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi, Mayor Shubha Raul now wants the city to celebrate an eco-friendly Republic Day too.

Raul wants Mumbaiites to avoid buying plastic flags for the large number of events planned for the day.

She has written a letter asking Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak and the BMC’s Licence Department to take strict action against those selling and buying such flags.

“Plastic flags are not environment-friendly. Since we as a city strongly oppose the use of plastic, why use such flags for celebrating a national festival?” said Raul.

As slum children sell most of these flags, Raul has said she wants massive awareness campaigns to be held for their benefit.

“We need to educate them about the ills of plastic and slowly tell them not to sell such goods,” she said.

“The mayor spoke to me. I have alerted the team to seize stocks of plastic flags and also penalise the manufacturers and shops selling them. The fine will depend on the stock,” said Mohan Ransigh, chief inspector of the civic Shops and Establishments Department.