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Will UPPCB manage to eradicate polythene bags from Indirapuram markets?

Posted: Jan 12, 2018     By Abid Hussain Barlaskar

In the past four months Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) has come down heavily on shopkeepers who, despite the plastic ban, are continuing their retail transactions through polythene bags. However, Indirapuram, which is still under the jurisdiction of Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), has not adequately come under its scrutiny. The anti-polythene drives have largely been restricted to Vaishali, Vasundhara, Kaushambi and their adjoining areas.

Therefore in a bid to implement this ban, residents of Ahinsa Khand are planning to team up with officials of Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB).

Speaking to City Spidey, Jayati Jain, a resident of Ahinsa Khand 2 and a member of the Green Team Association, said, “To implement this ban, we have tried to educate vendors and spread awareness among shopkeepers. We even made and distributed paper and reusable cloth bags as a substitute for polythene bags. However, the impact was marginal. At this juncture we realised that we need some intervention from the authorities and hence have roped in UPPCB."

So what is UPPCB’s plan of action? AK Tiwari, regional officer of UPPCB, had a rather vague answer for City Spidey.  “I have recently joined office. From what I gather, these drives have been conducted by Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam. I am in talks with my officials for organising these drives in Indirapuram.”


TAGS: Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam / Ghaziabad Development Authority / Ahinsa Khand 2 / Indirapuram / Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board / Green Team Association / Anti-polythene drive / Plastic bags / Plastic ban / Vaishali / Vasundhara / Kaushambi