Plastic Free: Kanpur Nagar Nigam initiates polythene free zone in the city

KANPUR: In a novel move to make city polythene free, Kanpur Nagar Nigam (KNN) has identified seven pious ghats of the city and declared them as `The Polyethene Free Zone’. These include Sarssaiya Ghat, Bhagwat Das Ghat, Siddhnath Ghat, Parmat Ghat, Rani Ghat, Bhairav Ghat and Ganga Barrage.

However, a fine of Rs 200 would be imposed in case of non-compliance of the new rule. The municipal commissioner Rajeev Sharma while talking to TOI said: “making these ghats polyethene free zone is first of its kind initiative taken by the department. These ghats are considered because of its religious importance.” The rule has been framed under the Section 437 of Nagar Nigam Act.

Mentioning about Parmat Ghat that has turned into a garbage bin by excess dumping of rotten flowers, polyethene bags, coconut shells and other `puja samgri’. To top that, a big `nullah’ flowing in river Ganga throws all the disposal waste of houses located near by. Similarly, at Sarssaiya Ghat cleanliness drive is conducted only during the time of festive season, while the remaining time, garbage remains littered at the Ghat.

Therefore, in an initiative to retain the beauty of the ghats, KNN has declared the areas as polythene free zone. In these places, the devotees’ would not be allowed to throw plastic bags directly into the holy river. Dustbins would be placed on the ghats. Further, no one would be allowed to bring `Hawan samgri’ in plastic bags and no tobacco packets would be sold at the ghats.

It is to be mentioned that despite the inspections are carried out against the erring manufacturers and recyclers of polyethene bags illegally by concerned agencies, the officials too have expressed their helplessness to discourage the use of plastic bags owing to public connivance.

According to the Central ruling notifications — polythene bags should be of a minimum thickness of 20 microns and strictly adhere to the ISO colour coding. Notably, in spite of the Central ruling, rampant recycling is taking place in the city. The markets were flooded with plastic and polythene bags of less thickness.

From TOI

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