No single-use plastics in Puducherry from March 1
Traders threaten to go on agitation
Emulating the example set by Tamil Nadu, the Puducherry government on Sunday announced a total ban on manufacture, sale and storage of single-use plastics in the Union Territory.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy in the Assembly here.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the meeting, Mr. Narayanasamy said the ban on single-use plastics such as cups, disposable plates and straws would come into effect from March 1. A massive campaign would be conducted to generate awareness among the public and traders on the ill-effects of plastics.
The Puducherry Traders Federation has opposed the move to ban single-use plastics and has warned of going on a protest.
A spokesperson of the federation said the ban should cover multinational companies engaged in manufacturing plastic products and not merely local industries. The government’s decision will adversely affect the industry in Puducherry. The federation will hold discussions with all stakeholders and announce the decision soon.
An awareness campaign will be organised.
Lohri impact: A volunteer removing kites from the holy tank at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Flying of kites is an important part of the Lohri festival, which was celebrated across Punjab on Sunday.