Pune: PMC to subsidise manufacturing of jute, paper bags

PUNE: Following its decision to ban plastic bags in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to give subsidy for manufacturing jute and paper bags.

“We want to ensure that Pune is completely free of plastic bags. To support the ban we decided to subsidise manufacturing of jute and plastic bags. Standing committee chairman Nilesh Nikam held discussions with corporators on Thursday and agreed to provide subsidy for jute and paper bags,” said Anil Bhosale, NCP corporator and leader of the house in the PMC.

The PMC will offer subsidies, especially to small saving groups, for manufacturing jute and paper bags, Bhosale said, adding, “All these years plastic had become a major problem and we have decided to get rid of it. We need support and co-operation from citizens and environmental groups.

The general body (GB) meeting of the PMC had recently approved a resolution for enforcing a complete ban on use of plastic bags in the city. The decision, taken to prevent further degradation of the environment, will come into force once the state government gives its approval.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association held a meeting to decide on their future course of action. The association submitted a memorandum to the PMC demanding that they will intensify their strike that has been going on since January 6.

The proposal banning use of plastic bags was first moved by corporators Ashok Yenpure and Dilip Umbarkar in May last year. The standing committee had approved the proposal in the wake of the garbage disposal impasse the city faced following agitations by residents of Urali and Phursungi villages, where city’s waste is dumped.

From TOI

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