Chandigarh, June 25:
Acting tough against the violators using banned plastic bags, the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh today carried out intensive campaign in various parts of city including sector 2,8,9,11,19, 22,26,34,42,43,45, Maloya, Kajheri and Manimajra.
Different teams under the supervision of Chief sanitary Inspectors, MCC challaned 76 violators and confiscated 82 Kg harmful plastic bags.
The Commissioner MCC Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS has directed all the CSIs and SIs of sanitation department, MCC to take strict action against the violators selling or using harmful plastic bags and banned plastic items.
While sharing the information regarding different steps taken by the Commissioner said that If every citizen keeps a shopping bag with them, plastic bags can be completely eliminated from market areas.
She further said that MCC has also started a selfie with shopping bag/selfie with bottle(to reduce the use of plastic disposable water bottles) in which citizens have been asked to tag the MCC social media handles. She said MCC has been taking several steps to curb the plastic menace.
She said the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh has recently launched “Har Gadi Bin, Har Gadi Bag” plan to sensitise citizens towards littering and ban on single use plastic.
The Commissioner said that recently, series of events were held with MWAs in which a cash prize of 1 lac has been announced for the first MWA which becomes totally plastic free. She said that progressive MWAs like sector 46 has started giving discounts to citizens who come with their own shopping bags.
She said that the MCC has also set up a cloth bag outlet, manned by a SHG in the sabzi mandi of sector 26, to promote use of Cloth/Jute bags and discourage use of single use plastic.
She said dedicated joint task force of MCC and CPCC to check all places where hoarding of plastic is being done. In the past 6 months nearly 800 challans of use of banned plastic have been issued.
She appealed to all citizens to shun the use of single use plastic and adopt sustainable practices like using their own water bottles and carrying their own shopping bags to the market.
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