Despite government ban, factories in city still manufacturing polythene bags

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2014 13:36 IST

Despite complete ban on use of polythene bags to save the environment and to control the pollution, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) had failed to take any action against those still manufacturing banned polythene bags.

Not only this, the PPCB had also failed in conducting any surprise visits and raids at the factories suspected of manufacturing these banned poly bags.

The state government had strictly implemented The Punjab Plastic Bags (Manufacture, Usage and Disposal) Control Act, prohibiting the manufacture, disposal and usage of polythene bags from virgin plastic of thickness not less than 40 micron and size not less than 8 by 12 inches and of a colour other than specified color.

According to the sources, there are still many factories that are manufacturing small size carry bags, which have been banned by the state government. These small size carry bags are also still used by the shopkeepers, fruit vendors among others.

The authoritative sources told HT that such factories were still operating in areas, including Gill Road and Industrial Area.

According to the experts, use of these plastic bags leads to environmental damage, threat to animal life and pollution, which is very harmful for the society.

Gulshan Rai, chief officer of PPCB, said “There is ban on plastic of thickness but still these small sizes carry bags are coming from others states.”

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