NMMC cracks down on plas­tic bag us­age, col­lects `40K fines

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has stepped up its drive against use of plas­tic carry bags in the city on the or­ders of mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe.

As a part of the drive, plas­tic bags of less than 50 mi­cron thick, which are banned and cause great harm to the en­vi­ron­ment are be­ing tar­geted. Shop­keep­ers who use such plas­tic bags are be­ing fined and their stock is be­ing seized.

A plas­tic pre­ven­tion drive was con­ducted in Ghan­soli led by as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Diwakar Samel.

Samel said, “Plas­tic bags of less than 50 mi­crons was found be­ing used in five shops of Ghan­soli. They were seized and a fine of Rs 25,000 was levied on the shop­keeper.”

He added, “The shops fined in­clude Chamunda Ki­rana Brothers lo­cated at sec­tor 4, Raj Oil De­pot and Bhawani Sweets Dryfruit in sec­tor 3, Gu­lab and Sons in sec­tor 5 and Shri Kh­hetra­pal of sec­tor 7. Each of them were fined Rs 5,000.”

A sim­i­lar drive was con­ducted in Vashi by ward of­fi­cer Ma­hen­dras­ingh Thoke. The shops fined were Asha­pura Su­per Mar­ket in sec­tor 29, Am­bika Foot Shop in sec­tor 26, New Bhag­wati Su­per Mar­ket in sec­tor 28.

De­spite aware­ness be­ing cre­ated by NMMC about haz­ardous ef­fect of poly­thene bags on en­vi­ron­ment, a num­ber of traders con­tinue to use banned plas­tic bags in parts of the city.

The state gov­ern­ment had im­posed a ban on the use of plas­tic bags less that 50 mi­cron in the state in 2006.

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Chavan, said: “The use of plas­tic bags poses risk to en­vi­ron­ment and hu­man health and clogs drainage sys­tem cre­at­ing hur­dle for smooth flow of wa­ter. The civic body has called upon traders and peo­ple not to use thin plas­tic bags.”

He added, “Be­sides au­thor­i­ties, res­i­dents are also re­spon­si­ble for en­vi­ron­ment preservation. They should stop us­ing plas­tic bags since they ad­versely af­fect the en­vi­ron­ment.”

He asked the res­i­dents to use cloth and pa­per bags as they are bio-degrad­able ma­te­ri­als.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.