NMMC COL­LECTS ` 20K FINES IN CRACK­DOWN ON PLAS­TIC MEN­ACE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has col­lected a to­tal fine of Rs20,000 in its anti-plas­tic drive that started last week.

The civic body, which had stopped its drive against the use of plas­tic for the past two year, re­sumed the crack­down in Vashi last week. Around nine shop­keep­ers were fined for us­ing plas­tic bags be­low 50 mi­crons.

“We have in­structed our ward of­fi­cers to con­duct drives in their re­spec­tive wards reg­u­larly. Shops sell­ing plas­tic be­low 50 mi­crons will be fined,” said Ankush Cha­van, city ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner, NMMC.

Of­fi­cials said they will also con­duct anti-plas­tic cam­paigns in which they will or­gan­ise sem­i­nars and put up posters.

“We have al­ready started putting up hoard­ings and we will also con­duct aware­ness cam­paigns,” said Prakash Wagh­mare as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, en­croach­ment depart­ment, NMMC..

Plas­tic pol­lu­tion is a grow­ing con­cern in the city. The En­vi­ron­ment Sta­tus Re­port 201415 of NMMC stated that of the to­tal 700 met­ric tonnes of solid waste col­lected in the city daily, around 15% was plas­tic waste.

Of­fi­cials said al­though they had been plan­ning to be­gin the crack­down a few months ear­lier, it got de­layed as all the de­part­ments had been tied up with ad­min­is­tra­tive work and the smart city cam­paign.

We have in­structed our ward of­fi­cers to con­duct drives reg­u­larly. Shops sell­ing plas­tic be­low 50 mi­crons will be fined. ANKUSH CHA­VAN, city ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner, NMMC

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