CM asks Uttarakhand people not to use plastic, polythene bags

Chief minister TS Rawat is not leaving any stone unturned to put a blanket ban on plastic carry bags and disposable cutlery items made of plastic and thermocol.

“Shopkeepers using polythene will be charged ₹5,000, vendors ₹2,000 and locals using the carry bags will be charged ₹500 as penalty,” he tweeted on Monday night.

In another tweet, he said Uttarakhand would ban plastic carry bags from August 1 in order to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Swachh Bharat.

In an official statement released on Tuesday, the chief minister emphasised on the serious impacts of polythene carry bags on environment and animals. He appealed the people of hill state not to use the carry bags.

The high court in December 2016 banned use of carry bags made of plastic and its derivatives. The court also banned sale, purchase and use of cutlery items made of plastic and thermocol.

The Uttarakhand government in January 2017 issued a government order in this regard. Since last 18 months, awareness meetings, campaigns and drives progressed to sensitise the wholesalers, retailers and locals about this malaise.

Vijay Kumar Jogdande, mukhya nagar adhikari (MNA) Dehradun also took a meeting with the staff and asked to ensure enforcement of the order. “We will ensure the ban,” he said.

Urban development minister Madan Kaushik has already directed all district magistrates to ensure the ban in their respective areas.

All government agencies, including police, are already briefed about the ban and will start penalising violators from Wednesday.

According to a survey report of Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board, the average plastic waste in the state per day is nearly 273 tonnes – 17% of the total waste.

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 21:08 IST

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