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Posted at: Jun 12, 2019, 7:04 AM; last updated: Jun 12, 2019, 10:14 AM (IST)

Admn to crack whip on makers, bulk suppliers of poly bags

Admn to crack whip on makers, bulk suppliers of poly bags
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Tribune News Service

Faridkot, June 11

To check the overgrowing menace of polythene bags, the district administration has now decided to crack the whip on their manufacturers and bulk suppliers, instead of pressuring only the shopkeepers to stop its use.

Keeping in view the coming monsoon season, in its move to clean all drains in the area for the free flow of rain water, the district administration wants to check the use of polythene bags so that the plastic bags do not plug drains.

After conducting raids at small shops and penalising many of them to discourage the use of plastic bags, the district administration has now decided to go hard on the plastic carrybag manufacturing units and bulk suppliers in the area, said Kumar Saurav Raj, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot.

“Besides checking the use of plastic carrybags, we have planned to rope in NGOs to promote use of bags made of cloth. We will also ensure that the ban is implemented in its true spirit,” he said.

The use of polythene bags in the last over two decades has increased tremendously. No doubt these polythene bags are easy to carry but their impact on the environment is far more dangerous than their utility. One can see polythene bags everywhere, on roadsides, streets, in gardens, and drains… no end to these bags is visible, the DC said.

“Though stopping the use of plastic bags is a big challenge, but this time we are taking strict action against the manufacturers, besides the shopkeepers who are using it,” he stated.

Faridkot SDM Hardeep Singh on Tuesday presided over a meeting of various district-level officers to check the free flow of plastic carrybags in the district.

“While taking strict action against the manufacturers and suppliers of polythene bags, we have no intention to cause harassment to any individual or group. But as polythene has turned out to be a big challenge in the way of the cleanness drive, we have decided to take some hard steps. We have decided to choke the route of plastic carry bags coming into the markets,” he said.

A large number of animals die each year from suffocating on or ingesting plastic bags. These deaths seems small but the littered bags break up into small pieces and wash into our waterways and food chain too, so it needs to be stopped now, the SDM added.

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