BENGALURU: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) has swooped down on shops using plastic bags and is intensifying its drive to make the City plastic-free by conducting awareness programmes across its 14 wards in and around Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
Speaking to The Beacon , Dr.B. Veerabadrappa , Joint Commissioner, BBMP, said , “This morning alone, between 8 am and 12 noon we have seized five to six kg of plastic from three shops. The drive to seize plastic will continue. We have got good support from other organizations and the public and we are determined to make our areas plastic-free.”
The Karnataka government has ordered a ban on plastic bags that are less than 40 microns and also plastic cups, saucers and like materials. The public is still not entirely aware of the ramifications of the ban and, hence, the awareness drive combined with the seizures.
The BBMP is planning to delineate soon plastic-free areas where the ban on plastics is strictly implemented. The BBMP has already spoken to other stakeholders like corporates, NGOs, residential welfare associations, etc, and won their support for the same.
The BBMP has a set of officials who visit shops, marriage halls and hotels to make seizure and penalize those who are selling or generating plastic materials. To create awareness, the BBMP has hired autorickshaws and microphone sets to traverse the wards to create awareness about the ban on plastics and the dangers they pose.
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