Even as the ban on plastic bags will into effect from April 1 across the state, the Jalandhar municipal corporation (MC) is hardly prepared to enforce the Punjab cabinet’s decision.
Municipal commissioner GS Khaira said he will hold a meeting with the MC officials soon to discuss as how to implement the decision.
As per the orders, the distribution, sale, purchase and recycling of plastic bags will be banned in urban areas of the state.
The local authorities have to carry out or sponsor research related to the problem of plastic waste. The civic bodies will have to provide locations where residents could deposit non-biodegradable waste. The MC will also make arrangements for the disposal of the plastic waste in an environment-friendly manner.
The orders were issued to the civic bodies in February.
The MC is supposed to compile data relating on the disposal or the use of plastic waste in the city and carry out awareness programme on the prevention of the degradation of environment due to the plastic use.
“We were not able work on the orders due to other engagements. There were many public holidays this time. We will definitely start the work on the same by next working day,” an MC official said.
Govt is playing politics: Industries
City-based industrialists have accused the government of playing politics at the cost of their businesses.
Gursharan Singh of the Federation of the Jalandhar Industrial and Traders Association said the government should tell the industries as to which grade of plastic they can produce and which one should be prohibited.
“We are aware of the environmental hazards that come with the use of plastic but the government should be clear so that the the industrial sector does not feel left out,” said Gursharan Singh.
“The industries are already in a pathetic state in Punjab while the government is only making things difficult for them,” he said.
There are around 100 polybag manufacturing firms in the city. The industrialists are currently in talks with the government to get the norms relaxed so that they can carry on their business.