It’s been a fortnight since the Punjab government imposed a ban on plastic carry bags, the Jalandhar municipal corporation has failed to impose it as piles of polybags can be seen in the garbage collected in the city.
The “non-serious” MC has not issued a single challan to violators in the past 15 days, when the ban came into force. Officials said they were focusing on creating awareness among traders and residents.
Assistant medical officer (AMO) Shri Krishan Sharma said the MC team was visiting various wards and talking to shopkeepers about the ban. He said from Monday onwards, they would start issuing challans to violators and will take strong measure in imposing the rule in the city.
Even as the MC authorities are blaming city residents for not complying with the orders, residents say the civic body is not making efforts to impose the ban.
Local plastic manufacturers say the government has failed to implement the ban in letter and spirit as it has stopped the manufacturers for producing plastic bags but there is no check on shopkeepers.
Rajat Duggal, a plastic manufacturer, said the state government had no records on the number of plastic carry bags suppliers in the state and it was forcing the manufacturers to shut their business. “The government has not done groundwork before imposing the ban as bags less than 40 microns were already not being manufactured in the state. Polybags are being brought from Delhi, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh,” said Duggal.
Municipal commissioner GS Khaira cannot be contacted despite repeated attempts.