The Ujjain district administration’s move to ban use of plastic disposable utensils from Tuesday could be a welcome step to save the environment, but going by past experience of earlier bans imposed for similar social causes, there is apprehension that this order too would remain on paper only.
The use of plastic disposables in marriage functions and other feasts has grown exponentially in the last few years and this is proving a major hazard to the environment. District collector Kavindra Kiyawat in his orders recently banned use of plastic disposables from December 1. The orders are issued under section 144 of the CrPC and any violation would attract legal action including imprisonment.
The administration in the past too issued similar ban on plastic carry bags, but barring a few examples they are still being used. The administration tries to create social awareness, but has so far not acted strongly against the suppliers and wholesale traders of carry bags.
Earlier, some small shopkeepers and even kiosks were fined as partb opf the drive against plastic carry bags. Similarly, few times back, it was made mandatory for landlords to furnish information of tenants at police stations concerned but the orders were not implemented.
Covering of face by scarp or cloth while riding two wheeler was also banned through prohibitory orders, but the police hardly acted against 10-20 violators.
This time the administration has asked the marriage venue owners to remain vigilant on plastic disposables else they would also be held guilty.
The collector said administrative teams would roam in the city and marriage venues would be checked to see whether ban is being followed and action will be taken against the offenders.
The ban would not become customary, he claimed adding that the government is committed for ‘Clean Simhastha - Green Simhastha’ this time and people should also come forward to save environment.
However, some citizens have come forward in the drive and have announced to avoid plastic disposables. Saurabh Bothra who sister’s marriage is going on December 7 told HT that he is arranging paper made disposables for the reception ceremony.
One Santosh Jhawar in a small town of Manasa in the division has set an inspiring example as he gives seven piece set of steel utensils for just Re 1 on rent for any function. Jhawar said the service was initiated in the memory of his grandmother a year back and over 80 functions have so far got benefited with 2500 sets.
District collector Kavindra Kiyawat in his orders recently banned use of plastic disposables from December 1.
The administration in the past too issued similar ban on plastic carry bags, but barring a few examples they are still being used.
There is apprehension that this order too would remain on paper only.