NMMC seizes 255-kg plas­tic bags, col­lects `40K in fines

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A week af­ter NMMC col­lected Rs 40,000 fol­low­ing raids in Vashi and Ghan­soli at shops us­ing the banned plas­tic bags of less than 50 mi­crons, the civic body con­ducted drives in Nerul and Turbhe and col­lected a fine of Rs60,000.

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

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe has or­dered a crack­down on the use of plas­tic bags that do not con­firm to the norms as they greatly harm the en­vi­ron­ment. This has in­ten­si­fied the drive by all ward of­fices against such use.

A drive was con­ducted by Nerul ward of­fi­cer Ut­tam Kharat this week.

His team seized 55 kg plas­tic bags of less than 50 mi­crons from five shops in sec­tor 1 and Shi­ra­vane area of Nerul. Each of the shop­keep­ers was also fined Rs5,000 and a to­tal of Rs25,000 was col­lected in fine.

The es­tab­lish­ments raided in­clude Mod­ern Lunch Home, Sa­tranj Wafers and Farsan, Ekta Oil De­pot, An­na­purna Sweet Mart and Bikaner Sweet and Snacks.

An­other drive was con­ducted by Turbhe ward of­fi­cer led by Prashant Narekar who has tem­po­rary charge as ward of­fi­cer. His team raided es­tab­lish­ments in sec­tor 19 of Turbhe.

They in­cluded Sid­dhi Trad­ing, Gala Broth­ers and Shobha Trad­ing. Each of th­ese shops were fined Rs10,000. A fine of Rs5,000 was levied on JK Pa­pers, tak­ing the to­tal to Rs35,000. A to­tal of 200 kgs of plas­tic bags was seized in the raids.

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van said, “The use of plas­tic bags poses risk to en­vi­ron­ment and hu­man health and clogs drainage sys­tem. Hence the civic body has called upon traders as well as peo­ple not to use thin plas­tic bags.”

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

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