MUSSOORIE, August 1
As per the directions of the state government to enforce a complete ban on single use plastic bags, plastic cutlery, and Thermocol in the state from August 1 an anti-polythene drive was carried out by Municipal Council of Mussoorie that began from Landour Bazaar and carried out on the Mall Road, on Wednesday. The team led by Executive Officer Municipal Council M.L. Shah conducted the search for Polythene bags and imposed fine on the shops using the polythene bags. He warned the shopkeepers not to use the polythene bags and instead use the cloth bags or paper as the ban has come to force from today in the state. He said also appealed to the people to use cloth bags instead of the Polythene bags when they come to purchase anything in the market. He also said that awareness programs in this regard will be carried out to abstain from plastic products. The residents also hailed the drive and said that the citizens to share the responsibility and help in preserving the environment by abstaining form use of polythene bags.
Uttarakhand is the third state after Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh to enforce a ban on plastic material and the previous Congress government had issued a ban on manufacturing of plastic and its distribution. The High Court Uttarakhand had also ordered a blanket ban on sale, purchase and use of plastic but it continued unabated despite the court orders forcing the present government to enforce the ban completely all over the state. However, several residents were of the view that along with ban recycling of plastic measures should also be taken to avoid the plastic hazard.
A penalty of Rs 5,000 will be imposed if found flouting the norms as per the government order. The Union government has already banned polythene below 40 microns and the state government has imposed ban on all plastic in the state.