Plastic Ban Effect In Guwahati: Local Shops Replace Polythene Bags With Fabric Bags
GUWAHATI: With the initiative to ban plastic all over India, citizens of Guwahati too, have been taking charge of the revolutionary cause.
Many local shops including grocery stores, restaurants and other commercial establishments have slowly shifted from polythene bags to fabric bags.
It is to be mentioned that the Centre will ask states to enforce existing rules against storing, manufacturing and using some single-use plastic products such as polythene bags and styrofoam.
India, which uses about 14 million tonnes of plastic annually, lacks an organized system for the management of plastic waste, leading to widespread littering.
Recently, the Environment and Forest Department of Assam has issued a notification imposing a complete ban on the use, manufacture, import, supply, store, transport, sale or distribution of plastic bags less than 50 microns, plastic cups with diameter less than 60 mm and thickness less than 50 microns, short life PVC in the premises of Janata Bhawan.
Biswajit Pegu, the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) district, told G Plus that authorities are in the process of banning plastic.
“Awareness activities are being taken up by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and by October 2, we have a plan to stop using plastic. Since it is a little difficult to ban plastic altogether because it will take some time for people’s habits and attitudes to change, we have planned to go slowly about it step by step,” said Pegu.