In a crackdown against usage of polythene bags, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) fined as much as 40 shopkeepers and levied a cumulative fine of Rs 2.41 lakh on Thursday morning.
MCG commissioner, Yashpal Yadav had earlier constituted six teams to carry out a drive against the usage of polythene bags in the city.
The teams raided shopkeepers at Patel Nagar, Bhim Nagar, Sanjay Gram, Kadipur, Sector-46, South City 2, Sector-14 market and Sector-56 and found 40 of them violating the rules.
“Polythene cannot be melted or destroyed, and are extremely unsafe for humans. Hence, adopting the state government’s campaign on ‘beat plastic pollution’ action was initiated by the MCG in Gurugram,” Yashpal Yadav, MCG commissioner said.
As per the MCG commissioner, the teams targeted big markets during the Thursday’s drive and there will another drive targeting shopkeepers of small markets soon. He added that they will also be conducting a sensitization program discussing the harmful effects of polythene and the usage of high-microns cloth and jute bags.
The Union ministry of environment and forests had banned manufacturing, sales and use of polythene bags in 2011.
However, the drive against polythene bags has been witnessed only on two occasions in the city.
Earlier in August 2015, the officials had seized 100 kg of polythene bags in the city and levied a cumulative fine of Rs 25,000 to 16 shopkeepers.TAGS: Drive against polythene bags in Gurgaon / Municipal Corporation of Gurugram / Usage of polythene bags in Gurgaon / Shopkeepers fined for polythenes / Gurgaon news