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Ban on plastic bags: 8 challans issued in Fatehgarh Sahib so far

Fatehgarh Sahib municipal council (MC) has issued eight challans since the implementation of plastic ban orders from April 1, informed Dipesh Kumar, MC executive officer (EO), here on Friday.

punjab Updated: Apr 21, 2016 14:18 IST
Atul Nagpal
A plastic bags seller selling fabric bag to a customer.
A plastic bags seller selling fabric bag to a customer.(HT Photo)

Fatehgarh Sahib municipal council (MC) has issued eight challans since the implementation of plastic ban orders from April 1, informed Dipesh Kumar, MC executive officer (EO), here on Friday.

The challan, in which a penalty of Rs 1,000 is imposed on violators, as of now is applicable only on the plastic bag sellers and shopkeepers and not on consumers.

According to Kumar, the restriction on sale of plastic bags has reduced its consumption and the consumers are also getting aware about the ban.

Mixed response from people

The district markets have started getting mixed response from shopkeepers and consumers. People could be seen using both kind of bags (plastic and fabric). “This is one of the most appreciable decisions taken by government. It will save our future generations,” said a shopkeeper, who deals in steel utensils.

On the other hand a vegetable seller said, “This is not Chandigarh where people come with big bags to buy vegetables. We cannot help it. We need to provide people with plastic bags or our business will suffer.”

A vegetable seller in Sirhind market, who could be seen providing customers with plastic bags, said, “Government should ban the production of plastic instead of asking us to stop using it. I know about the ban on plastic bags, but I cannot help, as fabric bags are quite costly. When the MC committee people came to market some days ago, they visited the shops and not the vegetable vends.”

Sellers cry loss

Meanwhile, not happy with the ban, plastic sellers said the plastic bags of more than 40 microns did not attract buyers as these were usually thin and of poor quality. “There are no takers for bags of higher microns and fabric bags are too costly. We do not know what to do,” said Raju, a plastic shopowner.

Raju said he sold a packet of 200 pieces of plastic bags for Rs 140150 while a packet of 120 fabric bags of same capacity cost Rs 200. “The shopkeepers do not prefer to buy fabric material as there is a huge difference in the rates,” he added. According to Raju, he has asked his distributor to take 2.5 quintal stock of plastic material lying with him, but the distributor refused to take it back. “I have suffered a loss of around Rs 15-20,000,” he said.