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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 7:31 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 7:31 AM (IST)

MC told to check rampant sale, use of plastic bags

Harshraj Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14

The Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Punjab, has given instructions to the departments concerned to ensure implementation of ban on sale and use of plastic carry bags. Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has also received the instructions.

The Punjab government has completely prohibited manufacturing, stocking, distribution, recycling, sale and use of plastic carry bags in the jurisdiction of all municipal corporations, councils, nagar panchayats and gram panchayats in 2016.

Director of Environment and Climate Change KS Pannu has written to the Department of Local Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, and Punjab Pollution Control Board to initiate a special drive to ensure strict compliance for prohibiting manufacturing, stocking, distribution, recycling, sale and use of plastic carry bags.

The Commissioner is supposed to take action in pursuance of the provisions in areas under municipal corporation. Besides, executive officer concerned can take action in areas under municipal council or nagar panchayat, while panchayat secretary or village development officer is authorised to take action to ensure implementation of ban in areas under jurisdiction of a gram panchayat. It has been observed that despite ban, the use of plastic carry bags is still rampant in the state, he stated in the letter. MC’s health officer, Dr Vipul Malhotra said they had received the instructions from the Directorate of Environment and Climate Change.

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