The Ghaziabad district administration on Friday said they will stop allowing inflow of polythene bags into the district from January 22, when the polythene ban in Uttar Pradesh comes into effect.
The decision was taken at a meeting between district magistrate Vimal Kumar Sharma and various stakeholders at the district headquarters on Friday evening.
“We have decided to rope in the district police and other agencies concerned to stop the entry of polythene bags into Ghaziabad from bordering areas. We have come to know that manufacture of polythene bags in Ghaziabad is not much and majority of the supply comes in from neighbouring areas,” Sharma said.
“No such material will be allowed from January 22,” he said.
“We are issuing instructions to the police and other departments to keep a tight check at the border areas. Further, we have also decided to hold rallies and conduct plays to educate residents to curb the use of polythene bags,” Sharma said.
“More meetings with other stakeholders are proposed before the ban comes into effect,” he said.
Environment activists and members of traders’ associations also shared the administration’s views.
“It is estimated that nearly 12,000 kg of polythene is used every day in Ghaziabad. This is causing major choking of drains and also resulting in death of cattle. We will also distribute eco-friendly bags during campaigns,” said Vijay Pal Baghel, an environment activist.
Stakeholders and officials also suggested that free distribution of jute bags should be encouraged and those manufacturing such bags should be allowed to advertise on the bags to compensate for the cost of production.
According to the notification issued against the use of polythene bags by the state government in December, shopkeepers, wholesalers, vendors, traders or hawker shall not sell, store or use any kind of plastic bags for storing or dispensing consumable or non-consumable goods.
The notification also empowered select department officials to enforce the ban— sub-divisional magistrates, officers from the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (of assistant environment engineer rank or higher), sanitary and food inspectors, marketing and supply officers, health department officers (medical officers or officers bearing a higher rank), labour inspectors and food safety officers.