DESPITE THE ban on the use of polythene bags in the city by the Municipal Corporation, violations continue in Apni Mandis and many other places. The MC officials, however, say that they are implementing the ban strictly and have issued challans to around 200 people in the last few months.
According to the MC officials, they receive maximum complaints about polythene use from Apni Mandis. Despite challans, neither shopkeepers nor people follow the guidelines regarding polythene use.
Municipal Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta says that they are strictly imposing the ban in the city. They are taking all the cases related to the polythene challans to Lok Adalat so that these cases can be disposed of and it may also be ensured that the violators are penalised. Gupta says that they carry out regular checks in the city but the polythene is used in almost every Apni Mandi and some vegetable and fruit shops.
A fine of Rs 20,000 is imposed on the manufacturers of polythene while a fine of Rs 2,000 is imposed on the users of the polythene bags.
Pavitter Pal Singh Virdi, chairman of Consumer Protection Forum, Mohali, says people do not comply with the ban. They need to be more sensible so that the ban can be enforced completely.
Virdi says usually people do not carry their own bags when they go to buy fruits or vegetables at the markets.
“We hold awareness drives for the people and encourage them not to use the polythene bags. The fault does not lie only with the administration, the people are also responsible for the violations. As per our estimates, every third person uses the polythene bag whenever he goes to buy vegetables or fruits,” he adds.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines