The Gurgaon administration on Thursday challaned shopkeepers at various malls and shopping complexes across the city for using banned polythene bags.
Based on a directive issued by Deputy Commissioner P C Meena,a team lead by Sub-Divisional Magistrate (South) Captain Manoj conducted surprise checking at malls and multiplexes,and fined erring outlet owners. Challans worth over Rs 20,000 were issued in a single day,officials said.
While carrying out the raids,the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) made it clear that there was a complete ban on polythene carry bags across the state regardless of their thickness or quality.
In a meeting held recently,Meena had directed all the SDMs to raid outlets under their jurisdiction to the curb the use of polythene bags,which are harmful to the environment. The Delhi government has already imposed a total ban on the manufacture,distribution,stocking,recycling,selling or use of such carry bags,he had said.
Units found manufacturing polythene bags would have to pay a fine ranging anywhere between Rs 25,000 and 50,000,he said. If they continued to violate the norms after that,all the machinery as well as material would be confiscated. Retailers or vendors found violating this directive would be fined between Rs 2,500 and Rs 5,000. If he still continues to use polythene bags,the trader is liable to have his licence cancelled. Any individual found littering polythene bags or plastic cups in public places would be challaned in the Rs 250-Rs 500 range.