Huge quantity of sub-standard plastic bags seized in drive

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Oct 2017 10:29:44


Staff Reporter,

Around 100 kgs of sub-standard plastic carry bags were seized during the drive

The Health Department of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) under a joint drive with Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) on Thursday conducted a drive at market places in all 15 divisions of the city and seized huge quantity of sub-standard plastic carry bags. Senior officials also issued challans and realised spot fine from erring shopkeepers.

A team of Health Department and MPPCB conducted a drive in wards under all 15 divisions. During the drive, they seized around 100 kgs of sub-standard plastic carry bags and also realised spot fine from shopkeepers. Senior officials informed that they conducted inspection at shops in market areas and prepared challan of nearly 180 erring shopkeepers, vendors for using plastic carry bags. Officials also seized 100 kgs of plastic bags and realised spot fine from Rs 1000 to Rs 5000.

Likewise, officials also fined a number of shopkeepers for not keeping dustbins at shops. Following directions of the State Government, JMC has imposed ban over manufacturing, sale, transportation and use of sub plastic carry bags within municipal limits. Despite prohibition, shopkeepers are fearlessly selling and using sub-standard carry bags. Officials said the Health Department often ask shopkeepers to shun sale and storage of plastic carry bags or face legal action. They said the Health Department will now cancel license of shopkeepers if they are found selling sub-standard carry bags during such drives.

The State Urban Administration and Development Department has instructed civic bodies to act tough against people, businessmen who manufacture, store, sale or use sub-standard plastic carry bags. The department has asked municipal bodies to enforce provisions under concerned act to check use of polythene carry bags of below set standard.
Following the instructions, the Health Department has launched a drive and started taking strict action against manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers who use and sell plastic carry bags.