Maraud municipality will impose ban on selling plastic carry bags in its limit from July 3. A decision regarding this was taken at the steering committee meeting convened on last Thursday.
The municipality plans implement the programme by giving awareness to the public, instead of imposing fine on merchants who sell plastic carry bags. The local body will give two cloth bags to each house in the municipal area.
Besides, Kudumbasree and ASHA workers will collect plastic bags from each house in order to prevent people from using plastic again.
Divya Anilkumar, chairperson of the municipality said, "We will invite tender for cloth bags, which we sell to residents. We have taken the decision to ban plastic after having discussion with resident associations and Vypari Vyavasayi Samithi. They have agreed to comply the ban. The plastic waste remain dumped in 33 places in the municipal limit and three agencies have come forward to dispose it. The agency which wins the tender will also dispose the plastic collecting from houses".
Putting up plastic flex boards will also be banned in the area. Flex boards made of paper and cloth will be allowed to put up. Vice chairman K A Devassy said, "Health section officials will conduct raids in super markets and malls and will take necessary action if they find selling plastic bags. We had planned to implement the same in in April 14 this year and entrusted municipality secretary for implementation. But he failed to implement it. With the ban, people dumping waste in plastic bags can also be bring down drastically'.
Though the decision has not been appeared in the agenda given to councillors for the council meeting, which will hold on Monday, the decision will be presented in the additional agenda.
Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com