KDMC to im­pose ban on plas­tic bags from May 1

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana. nam­biar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Come May 1 and Kalyan- Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( KDMC) plans to im­pose a ban on the use of plas­tic in its ju­ris­dic­tion. Mayor Ra­jen­dra Devlekar has asked civic of­fi­cials to en­sure the ban is im­posed ef­fec­tively. Those fail­ing to com­ply with the or­der will be fined, said civic of­fi­cials.

The civic body is plan­ning to ob­serve a year-long clean­li­ness drive start­ing May 2016 to April next year for waste man­age­ment and seg­re­ga­tion. Ban­ning the use of plas­tic bags is one of the ma­jor steps to­wards this.

“The ban on plas­tic bags is not a new ini­tia­tive. It is be­ing im­ple­mented in many places, in­clud­ing the civic body. ,” said Devlekar.

The civic body has sent no­tices to shop­keep­ers and small busi­ness­men, ask­ing them to stop us­ing plas­tic bags.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive has been ap­pointed from each ward to en­sure that the no­tices reach all those con­cerned be­fore May 1.

Also, the chief health of­fi­cer and health of­fi­cer of the civic body will be given the rights to take ac­tion against those not fol­low­ing this or­der.

“It has been dif­fi­cult to im­pose a com­plete ban on the use of plas­tic bags. This is why we are plan­ning to im­pose the ban in a phased man­ner. We have started with the shop­keep­ers and ven­dors, who usu­ally hand out plas­tic carry bags” in­formed E Ravin­dran, KDMC com­mis­sioner.

“In or­der to en­sure that the plas­tic ban is im­ple­mented among the shop­keep­ers we have also de­cided to charge them with a mone­tary penalty if not fol­low­ing the or­der,” added Ravin­dran.

The KDMC aims at spread­ing aware­ness on avoid­ing the use of plas­tic bags, waste seg­re­ga­tion and man­age­ment through the year.

They have plans t o rope in schools, col­leges, en­vi­ron­men­tal groups and also put up hoard­ings and ban­ners across the city to spread aware­ness.

We are ini­ti­at­ing this ban to re­duce their use so that we can soon have a city with­out plas­tic bags in fu­ture. RA­JEN­DRA DEVLEKAR, Mayor

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