Ludhiana: Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has closed down 17 industrial units under violation of the Punjab Plastic Act 2016, after issuing notices to these units.
Officials claimed that they have again sent the notices to the violators who are still violating the orders of state government.
They claimed that they have sent letter to Excise and Taxation Department and Police Department to check the vehicles coming from other states as most of the plastic bags are coming from other states, which is a violation.
However, officials of PPCB claimed that they have sent repeated notices to violators under the Punjab Plastic Act 2016. Few of the industrial units were closed in past month who were into manufacturing of the plastic bags.
While talking to different manufacturers and the PPCB officers, they claimed that most of the units are closed and still plastic is coming from other states. As during a visit to regular shops and other stores, plastic bags can easily be found. Municipal Corporation and PPCB should initiate strict action against the violators.
Manpreet Singh Chattwal, Chairman PPCB said, “As many as 17 units were closed in Ludhiana who were violating the norms and we have recently sent notices to the manufacturers who are still violating and will close those which are still running in upcoming days.”
Chattwal added that “we have recently sent letters to the police and Excise Department that plastic bags are coming from other states though many of the plastic bags are seen in the market.
The state government had strictly implemented the Punjab Plastic Bags Control Act, prohibiting the manufacture, disposal and usage of polythene bags from virgin plastic of thickness not less than 40 microns and size not less than 8/12 inches and of a colour not other than specified colour.
According to the experts, use of these plastic bags leads to environmental damage, threat to animal life and leads to pollution, which is very harmful for the health of human beings.
According to the Act, no person can manufacture carry bags from virgin plastic of thickness less than 30 microns and size not less than 8/12 inches. The Act specified that no person would throw any non-biodegradable garbage or plastic or biodegradable garbage in a non-biodegradable bag in any drain, ventilation shaft, pipe and fitting connected with private or public drainage or at any public place or in any place open to public view.
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