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Despite ban, rampant use of plastic bags continues in Patiala

The administration had issued instructions to ensure strict implementation of the ban orders, yet people can be seen carrying utilities and grocery in plastic bags.

punjab Updated: Aug 27, 2018 15:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Patiala
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Officials of the civic body claimed that drives are being carried out across city for proper compliance of the ban orders.(HT Photo)

Even after a ban being imposed on the use of polythene bags in Patiala, its rampant use continues across the Royal City.

The administration had issued instructions to ensure strict implementation of the ban orders, yet people can be seen carrying utilities and grocery in plastic bags.

For this, the administration has even roped in municipal corporation (MC), Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), municipal councils, rural development department, block development department and panchayat department officials to ensure that the orders are implemented properly.

The use, manufacturing, recycling, stocking and sale of polythene bags is strictly prohibited by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Last year in April, the state government had enforced the same, the orders of which were notified to all municipal corporations and councils across state.

But it seems that implementation of the ban orders is a Herculean task. These polythene bags have become a major reason of chocked sewers in the Royal City. Officials of the civic body claimed that drives are being carried out across city for proper compliance of the ban orders.

Mayor Sanjeev Sharma Bittu said, “MC is issuing challans to people violating the law and using or manufacturing polythene bags. The drive is going on extensively and we will be able to end the menace soon. A committee was formed to review this practice and drives are being run by multiple teams set up for this purpose.”

As per the rules laid down under the Punjab Plastic Carry Bags (Manufacturer, Usage and Disposal) Control (Amendment) Ordinance of 2016, a manufacturer of plastic bags may face imprisonment of three months to one year or a fine of Rs 25,000 or both while the users, including traders and shopkeepers, may face a fine of up to Rs 2,000.

First Published: Aug 27, 2018 14:23 IST