Following a strict ban on usage of plastic below 40 micron, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike on Tuesday seized 7.5 tones of garbage from various trading centres in east, west and southern Bangalore.
BBMP's advertising and Health team visited trading hubs at Malleswaram, Gandhi Nagar, Chamarajpet, Avenue road, Shanthi Nagar, Muneshwara Nagar, BTM Layout, Padmanabh Nagar, Jayanagar, Chikpet, Vijayanagar and levied hefty penalty of Rs 98,700 on the violators.
However, the BBMP which had banned the use of polythene bags below 40 microns had so far miserably failed to enforce the same. The plastic below 40 microns is being used indiscriminately across the city. Initially, both the BBMP and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) raided on a few plastic bag manufacturing units which were producing and selling plastic bags below 40 micros.
Trade license tagged to electricity bills
BBMP Commissioner Rajneesh Goel said that the plastic was the culprit behind the heaps of garbage generated. Speaking about traders in the city reluctant to obtain trade license from BBMP, the commissioner said talks are going on with BESCOM to tag the trade license along with electricity bills, which every trader is bound to pay.
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