Plastic ban non-compliance: Top Patiala eateries among eight challaned

  • Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 05, 2016 13:57 IST
Among those who were challaned on Monday included include Gopal Sweets, Bengali Restaurant, Sheetal Dhaba and Easy Day. (Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

City’s top eateries were among the eight business establishments to be challaned on Monday for selling products in plastic carry bags, which were banned by the state government from April 1 through a special ordinance.

With this, the authorities have issued 17 challans from April 1 to date (nine being challaned on the first day of the ban on Friday).

Among those who were challaned on Monday included include Gopal Sweets, Bengali Restaurant, Sheetal Dhaba and Easy Day.

Besides, the MC team issued two challans at Omaxe Mall to owners of Killer Jeans showroom and Buns ‘N’ Bunnies outlet. Warnings were issued to several other retailers who had had polythene stocks in their shops but were not using them, said MC officials.

Even as a group of traders again met MC commissioner PS Gill to seek leniency in challaning, Gill told HT that he would not relax the enforcement till the time city shuns the use of plastic bags.

“People should understand that the enforcement is for their good only. We incur huge cost in cleaning sewerage blockage every year just because plastic chokes in main pipes leading to public inconvenience and government expenditure. This all can be stopped if we make city polythene-free,” he added.

No check on all markets

Even as the MC has been issuing challans to traders and manufactures of plastic bags, the use of polybags bags is going on unabated in city’s prime fruit and vegetable market in Ragho Majra. All the commission agents and shopkeepers were found using polythene bags. Even small vegetables retailers were using these bags. The situation is same in apni mandis which are held around the week.

Besides, polybags are being used in city’s other markets, including Adalat Bazaar, Queela Chowk Bazaar and other areas.

“Our team will check all markets in a phased manner and no violator will be will spared. It may take some time but we are already on our job to implement new rules,” added the MC commissioner.

President of the Vyopar Bachao Sangarsh Committee Rakesh Gupta said: “We have no problem with MC’s regular checks, but shopkeepers should be given at least initial one week or 10 days to exhaust their polythene stock. We have already assured the MC that shopkeepers will not buy new stock and ultimately, the polythene bags will phase out from the markets within next two-three weeks.”

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