Anti-plas­tic drive: Civic body seizes 140kg of plas­tic bags from traders

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CBD BELAPUR: Step­ping up its drive against the use of plas­tic carry bags of less than 50 mi­cron thick­ness in the city, the Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) on Wed­nes­day t ook ac­tion against two traders in Turbhe.

Act­ing on a tip- off, a team com­pris­ing deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (zone I) Sub­hash In­gle, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (zone II) Suresh Patil and as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ashok Mad­hvi raided two shops in Turbhe’s Sec­tor 19A and seized 60kg and 80kg of plas­tic bags from their shops. The traders were asked to pay a fine of Rs10,000 for vi­o­lat­ing the norm.

Civic com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Waghmare said, “Plas­tic bags harm the en­vi­ron­ment and also clog drains. It’s not only au­thor­i­ties, even res­i­dents are also re­spon­si­ble for the en­vi­ron­ment. They should stop us­ing plas­tic bags since they ad­versely af­fect the en­vi­ron­ment. Hence, the civic body has called upon traders as well as peo­ple not to use thin plas­tic bags.”

Waghmare also sug­gested that res­i­dents use cloth and pa­per bags in­stead.

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