Two weeks after the National Green Tribunal ordered imposition of a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone found using plastic or dealing in it, the Chandigarh Administration has imposed the full fine for the first time— on a owner of Sector 4-based general store. The trader has also been booked by the police for causing obstruction.
The trader has been identified as Sindhant Dass. SHO of Sector 3 police station Inspector Neeraj Sarna said that a team under supervision of SDM (Centre) had conducted raid at ‘In and Out General Store’.
The SHO said that Dass along with an employee did not allow the team to enter the store, following which the latter was forced to inform the police. The inspection team, however, managed to enter the store after the police arrived and seized around 1.20 quintal of polythene bags from the store. The team also issued a challan worth Rs 5,000 against the trader.
A case under sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353(assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty (353) of the IPC has been registered against Dass at the Sector 3 police station.
Meanwhile, continuing with its ongoing drive against plastic, the Chandigarh Administration conducted raids at different places and seized bags and glasses.
In the east jurisdiction, a raid was conducted in Mariwala Town, Sabzi Mandi near Shivalik Garden, Indira Colony, Manimajra, and Bapu Dham Colony. Around 70 kg of polythene bags and plastic glasses was seized and 29 challans of Rs 500 each were issued. The enforcement staff also issued 55 challans to rehri owners in Sector 19 and Manimajra.
In the south jurisdiction, a total of four teams carried out raids in Burail, Sector 44, Maloya, Dadumajra and the Apni Mandi in Sector 43. A total of 130kg of polythene bags, plastic plates and allied items was seized from various shops and wholesellers. As many as 40 challans of Rs 500 each were issued to the erring shopkeepers. The seized items were later sent to the dumping ground in Dadumajra.