The municipal council would take one week to implement the ban on plastic bags and thermocol material, said the council executive officer here on Friday. The order for plastic ban was issued by the state government on February 18. The ban was supposed to come into effect from Friday onwards.
Fatehgarh Sahib sanitary inspector Ajay Kumar has been appointed as nodal officer for the implementation of plastic ban by the council. “We will implement the ban within one week as we need time to form a joint team with the pollution control board to spread awareness about the ban,” said executive officer Dipesh Kumar.
“We had not begun any awareness campaign earlier,” he added, when reminded that the notification had been issued in February itself. Kumar further said that earlier, the municipal council was responsible for such a ban implementation but this time, a joint team with the pollution control team would ensure compliance.
However, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) executive engineer Lavneet Dubey, said, “The ban has come into effect across the state on Friday and it is the municipal council’s responsibility to implement it. I am not aware of any notification or instructions for setting up a joint team of the civic body and the pollution control board.”
People unaware of ban
Locals of Sirhind and Fatehgarh Sahib are unaware about the ban. Business persons, shopkeepers, consumers, street vendors etc could be seen carrying plastic bags in the city. Shopkeepers and locals shopping in the markets said they did not know about the plastic ban.
Notably, the council had enough time to make people aware of the government’s ban on plastic after the notification on February 18. When asked about the ban, some municipal council officers were taken unawares and even the council chairman expressed ignorance about the notification.