MCD, CPCB officials confiscate banned plastic items in Doon

Thursday, 24 November 2022 | PNS | Dehradun

The representatives from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have started assisting the sanitation team of the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) in conducting an anti-plastic campaign that started on Tuesday. 

The corporation seized over 600 kilogrammes of single-use plastics in the past two days including over 500 kilogrammes on Tuesday and 150 kilogrammes on Wednesday from several big shops of Paltan Bazaar, Moti Bazaar and Hanuman Chowk as per the recent order of Dehradun district magistrate Sonika. The MCD started its four-day anti-plastic campaign to target big shops that keep huge stocks of single-use plastics. The CPCB representatives also accompanied the sanitation team of the corporation during the inspections. 

The chief municipal health officer Dr Avinash Khanna said that the MCD started the campaign to take action against the usage, storage and transportation of single-use plastic in market places. The  CPCB representatives  have been accompanying the MCD team during inspections to help them analyse and understand what the officials should focus on while running anti-plastic campaigns and conducting inspections, informed Khanna. He said that the sanitation team issued 43 challan on Tuesday and collected a fine of over Rs one lakh and 25 challan on Wednesday collecting about Rs 70,000. He said that more premises will be inspected and penalised accordingly this week. 

Some local shopkeepers also appealed to the MCD officials during the inspection to release a list of banned plastic items along with their respective pictures and put them on outside the shops to make it easier for every shopkeeper to understand which item should not be kept in their shops. 

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