Mangalore: Raid - Huge Quantity of Substandard Plastic Bags Unearthed


Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)

Mangalore, Aug 4: The officials of the local city corporation here and Karnataka State Environment Pollution Control Board, who intensified their drive against the use of inferior quality plastic bags, conducted simultaneous raids at various places in the city and confiscated about 1,000 kgs of forbidden plastic bags. In the operation, which was conducted on Wednesday August 3, over 100 shops located in Kadri, Hampankatta, Central market, State Bank, Bunder, and other areas were covered.

Environment engineer of the Board, Manjunath L Shetty, said that the shops which sell plastic bags and those which use the bags for packing the items sold by them were primarily targeted on Wednesday. As per rules, plastic sachets that are thinner than 40 microns cannot be used. He added that fine of Rs 750 each was imposed on four shops dealing in plastic bags for flouting the rules as a preliminary measure. “If these shops continue to trade in such plastic bags, their trade licences will be cancelled. The operation against such plastic bags will be continued,” he added.

Executive engineer of the Board, Lakshman, health inspectors of the city corporation, Babu Mallanna, Karunakar, Lal Baig, and Poovappa, were involved with the operation.

Tannirbavi and Panambur beaches have already been declared as plastic-free zones. A meeting of plastic manufacturers, sellers, and shopkeepers had been convened earlier, and the concerned had promised not to make us of substandard plastic bags. However, such bags continue to be used blatantly, the officials noted.

  

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  • Harish Pathar, Anegundi/Banglur

    Sun, Aug 7 2011

    Wondering whether the bags inferior because they are so thin, they tear and so do not fulfill their function? Or is there another reason?

    Since the bags are thinner, one might imagine they degrade faster than thicker bags. If true, at least in that sense they would be friendlier to the Earth than the bags which take longer to break down.

    In any case, good work by all involved. If I am right, Poovappa is my old classmate. He was a good fellow, vice-monitor of class - tried to control the rough fellows. Good to see he is still doing good work.

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