Despite ban, plastic carry bags and thermocol items are being openly used across the city as municipal corporation (MC) has failed to implement the ban in a proper way.
In absence of any awareness among people, visitors bring plastic carry bags with them to government offices.
It seems the authorities of various offices at the mini-secretariat, MC, Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and others have not been able to create awareness about ban on their respective premises, as many visitors were seen carrying plastic bags even on the fifth day of ban.
The state government had imposed the ban on manufacturing, stocking, distribu-tion, reuse, selling and use of polythene (plastic) carry bags and thermocol material from April 1 in the urban areas.
Information about the ban has been displayed at only a few places in the city, but no such initiative has been taken to create awareness about the ban on the office premises.
Sanjay Sharma, a visitor to the deputy commissioner’s office at the mini-secretariat, said “I have no information about the ban, but I think the government should provide alternative to plastic carry bags at affordable rates. The recyclable plastic carry bags can be allowed by the government, but it should be the responsibility of civic body to find solution for disposal of the plastic waste.”
Similar situation was witnessed at MC Zone-A office, Sarabha Nagar, where a visitor, Ramandeep Singh said, “If the government has imposed ban, it should be implemented properly. They should disseminate information using various mediums. If the government acts strictly against the manufacturing units, ban can be implemented in a better way.”
Vendors, shopkeepers using banned items
Though some shopkeepers and store owners are offering paid jute bags to customers, mostly vendors and shopkeepers in the city are still using banned polythene or plastic carry bags. Tiger Singh, president of the Rehri Phari Federation, Ludhiana, said that they had met mayor as they had no other alternative for polybags.
MC commissioner GK Singh Dhaliwal said, “The health branch officials are creating awareness among the consumers who are end users. MC has given directions to seize the banned items being sold by the wholesalers and shopkeepers. Currently, MC issues challans to the sellers only, while Punjab Pollution Control Board can issue challans to the manufacturing units.”
Plastic manufacturers meet Sukhbir
A delegation of Plastic Manufacturers and Traders Association met deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, against the ban on plastic carry bags. The delegation asked the deputy chief minister to amend the recent order to impose the ban on plastic carry bags and thermocol items in the state.
They also demanded from the state government to adopt the notification by the central government to allow manufacturing of plastic bags above 50 microns. Mukesh Marjara, the general secretary of the association, said the deputy chief minister has assured them to look into their demand.
The traders and manufacturers have been opposing the ban on plastic carry bags and thermocol items since the state government had ordered to impose the ban from April 1.
Meeting of MC’s health branch
Meanwhile, the officials of the health branch were given directions to continue drives to seize the banned items including plastic carry bags and thermocol products. MC health officer Dr Charanjit Uppal said the meeting was headed by health branch chief Rishipal Singh.