Despite all the efforts of Noida Authority, the campaign against the plastic seems to have fallen flat within six days of Gandhi Jayanti. At most of the places in Noida, people again started using plastic.
The vendors of fruits and vegetables were seen openly using plastic with no fear of getting penalised in Noida’s sector 88.
Talking to CitySpidey, Ashok Tanwar, a resident of Noida, said, “Vendors and residents are both using plastic because the alternative to it is too costly.”
Naher Singh, a vegetable vendor from Noida’s Sector 41, said, “If we don’t use plastic, customers won't take vegetables from us. They ask for plastic bags from us. If we don’t give it then they refuse to buy stuffs from us.”
He continued, “We cannot go for costly bags as these put a lot of burden on our pocket. It will be very difficult to sustain our business if we start giving away costly bags to customers along with the vegies.”
Naher’s son, Sonu said that the alternative bags are being sold at Rs 160 per kg whereas the plastic ones are available at half the price. “Moreover, one kg of alternative bags would only have 30 bags. On the other hand, a kg of plastic bags has 80.”