Even as the drives against the sale and use of polythene and allied materials are on, the city traders have decided to protest and approach the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against the ban on use of polythene in packaging products like pulses and other basic items.
The traders have also appealed to the deputy commissioner to instruct sub-divisional magistrates not to issue challans against such violations.
On Saturday, the drives were held in east sub-division, including Sector 26 and Sector 8, under the supervision of SDM Tapasya Raghav. The officials, including food supply inspector and sanitary inspector, issued two challans worth rs 5,000, while five challan worth Rs 500 and seized 1.5quintal polythene.
Meanwhile, the Grain Market Association, Sector 26, and the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal claimed they would oppose the ban on use of plastic for packing material. During a meeting, the traders said flexible plastic containers, which were meant for packaging of goods, were not banned by the NGT, but still the officials had confiscated several such items from two Sector-41 traders. When requested, the packing material of one of the two traders was returned, but the other one is yet to get his material back. The officials also seized packing material from a shop in Grain Market.
“If big companies can use plastic bags for packing products like milk, bread, etc, the authorities should also allowed us to use polythene in packaging of pulses and other products,”they added. The traders’ delegation would also meet the DC and the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee member secretary over the issue on Monday.