Secunderabad bans recycled plastic bags

SECUNDERABAD: In an eco-friendly move, the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) has banned recycled coloured plastic/polythene bags in its jurisdiction from March 1.

A decision to this effect was taken at the Board meeting held here on Monday. All the ward members welcomed the move and promised to ensure its implementation in their respective wards. A resolution was also passed by the Board members unanimously endorsing the ban on plastic bags. “In view of health hazards and pollution caused by plastic, we have decided to ban it,” SCB chief executive officer C Ravindra said at the board meeting.

Responding to the proposal, president cantonment board (PCB) Brig K Digvijay Singh said both SCB authorities and ward members have to implement the decision effectively. The authorities have to ensure that shopkeepers use only paper bags instead of plastic ones. Ravindra said the ban would come into effect from March 1 in the Cantonment area. However, shopkeepers can use minimum thickness bags made of virgin plastic or regular plastic of not less than 20 microns.

“The proposal was moved in 2006 when T Arockianathan was CEO based on the orders issued by project director, Defence Estates, Southern Command, Pune. Accordingly, we prepared bylaws to implement the ban on usage of recycled plastic, but due to various reasons it was not done,” SCB health superintendent O Gajjaram told TOI. Special teams would be set up for implementing the orders by inspecting each business establishment. A fine ranging between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 would also be imposed on manufacturers of plastic bags, he added. The Board has also taken a decision to award contract for out-sourcing collection of octroi and toll tax at checkposts. The CEO has sent a letter to the Southern Command elaborating the difficulties faced by the Cantonment Board in running day-to-day administration due to lack of staff as nearly 60 employees have been deputed to collect octroi and toll tax.

The Board also took a decision to collect penal rent from advertisement companies which put up hoardings on B-2 private land and continued even after the contract period lapsed.

From TOI

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