150 people fined for throwing plastic bags in drains

Cracking the whip on all those throwing plastic bags in drains, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has fined nearly 150 people and collected a fine of Rs 1.32 lakh in a fortnight.

After having learnt lessons from July 26 deluge, when plastic bags had blocked drains and led to flooding in the metropolis, the civic body has formed two ‘plastic ban’ squads consisting of six people.

“We have collected a fine of Rs 1.32 lakh from 146 people who were caught throwing plastic in drains in the last 12-13 days. These people are largely hawkers and shopkeepers,” Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Bhosale told PTI here.

On June 11, Municipal Commissioner Swadhin Kshatriya had announced that anyone caught throwing plastic, thermocol and other items during monsoon will have to pay fine ranging from Rs 100-5,000.

“These cases are mostly from eastern suburbs like Kurla, Mulund, Chembur, Govandi and others followed by western suburbs and the island city,” Bhosale said.

Drain clogging had led to massive flooding on July 26, 2005 forcing the state government to contemplate banning polythene bags.

As per the Maharashtra Non-biodegradable Garbage Control Act, the minimum thickness of plastic carry bags must be 50 micron and their size should be no less than 8×12 inches.

From Hindustan Times

Pune: Industrialists oppose ban on plastic bags

The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) has opposed the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) resolution for a 100 per cent ban on use of plastic bags.

At a press meet they said the civic body’s resolution is contradictory to the existing rules of the state government. They said that ‘neither the BPMC act nor any other provisions of law empowers the municipal corporations to pass a resolution effecting a total ban on the use of all categories of plastic bags”.

The MCCIA listed that various notifications by the government clearly addresses this issue. The notification on September 2, 1999 on the use of plastic carry-bags under which conditions of manufacturers of carry-bags were specified wherein it is stated that a minimum thickness of carry-bags made of virgin plastic or recycled plastic shall not be less than 20 microns.

This came into effect after the notification on August 10, 2000. The rules even after amendment on June 17, 2003 titled ‘Recycled plastic manufacture and usage amendment rules 2003’ clearly mentions that the relevant rules stipulated restrictions on manufacture, sale, distribution and use of plastic and recycled plastic carry bags and recycled plastic containers stating that no person shall manufacture, stock, distribute or sell carry bags made of virgin or recycled plastic bags which are less than 20 into 30 cms in size. The Maharashtra plastic carry bags manufacture and usage rules 2006 mentions that plastic or recycled plastic shall not be less than 50 microns and of size 20 to 30 cms.

From Indian Express

WWF-India Panda Festival of Environment @ Maharashtra Nature Park December 10 &11 2009

The WWF-India has been celebrating the National Environment Month that starts from 19 November. e have been conducting various competitions and workshops in the form of a festival. From 2005 we have named the festival as the ‘Panda Festival of Environment’ and have had several competitions. This year the
festival will be held on 10 & 11 December, 2009 at Maharashtra (Mahim) Nature Park, Sion (West). The theme for the festival is based on the “International Year of Astronomy” and “Alien Invasive Species”. The festival is open from morning 9.00 am to evening 5.00pm.

Remember last date to register –7 December, 2009.

The Competitions and Nature trails during the festival are free of cost for the WWF-India, enrolled Nature Clubs and Subscribers. The film screenings are free for all. The workshops have a nominal fee. World Wide Fund for Nature – India

For any queries contact , Education Officer or
Asst. Education officer on the following address.
204, National Insurance Building, Dr. D. N. Road, Mumbai – 400001
Tel. Nos. 22078105 / 22071970 / 9869183412 / 9969440476
Dr. Goldin Quadros
Ms. Gauri Gurav,
Email: wwfmumbai@yahoo.co.in / gquadros@wwfindia.net.

1. Nature Trails
2.ExhibitionofPhotographs on“InvasiveAlienSpecies” India .
shot in captivity, gardens, zoos, aquariumand any other artificial environment will not be considered or accepted.

personally collected within 15 days, no entry fee to or not to display, strictly remain the discretion of WWF-India. delivered personally on or before 7 December, 2009

3. FilmScreenings
Workshops( )
Entire dayactivities – openforall
Potteryworkshop10 December
Word puzzle 11 December

The nature trails will be conducted to orient people to the various aspects of the natural ecosystem & alien invasive species. The trails have been designed and separated into six different categories namely General trail, Nakshatravan trail,Birds, Insects&Butterflies,Mangroves,Medicinal plants. Trail timings are as follows- 9.00 am.; 11.00 am.; 2.00 pm; 3.30 pm. The trails will be separate for adults and children.

The trails will be free for WWF-India subscribers and Nature club members, while others will be charged Rs. 5/- per head / trail.
PhotographDimensions: 8”x10”; 10”x12” and10”x15”
Last date for acceptance of entries is7 December 2009.
Date of Exhibition10 &11 December, 2009.
Time of exhibition–9.00am. to5.00pm.

Maximum 5 photographs (prints) to be submitted per participant. Every print should have the name, address, contact number / email of the contestant.

Images from only should be submitted
Each photograph should be correctly identified, have a short but suitable caption and a mention of the place where the photograph was taken and the specification of the camera, film and exposures (if possible).
Digitally altered photographs or those the prints will be used by WWF-India, Maharashtra State Office for non-commercial awareness purpose if they are not after the festival. WWF –India will not post or
courier any photographs. The unclaimed Photographs will be used for noncommercial educational purpose only.

The photographs will be displayed at the exhibition during the Festival on 10 & 11 December, 2009.
There is for the participants, however the decision any particular photograph The photographs should be toWWF-India, Maharashtra State office . Submissions at the venue will not be entertained. Six documentaries based on environment will be screened during the festival open to all Entry is Rs. 100/- per workshop per participant for the WWF-India subscribers and NCI members only on prior registration. For others the charges are Rs. 125 /- per workshop per individual on prior registration only. Spot entry for every one is Rs. 150/- only per workshop per individual, subject to availability of seats. Maximum 50 participants per workshop.All workshop material & participation certificates will be provided.

Dates Workshop (Tentative schedule) Time
10 December Go Wild – Print Magic 2.00 to 4.00 pm
11 December Recycling waste in to useful Material 2.00to4.00pm
(Duration30min)Time: 11.00am-1.00pm&2.00pm-4.00pm

Pots made by the participants can be carried back along with the certificate.
Charges: Rs. 25/- for subscribers and NCI members&Rs. 50/- for others and spot registrations – an interesting 10 minutes activity, no winner will be declared and no certificate will be given. Participant completing it in given time will get a small gift from WWF-India

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Storm brewing in Arabian Sea, cyclone alert sounded

AHMEDABAD/NEW DELHI: All fingers are crossed and eyes are on the storm as the weather office on Tuesday sounded a cyclone alert for the coastal region of south Gujarat where it is expected to make a landfall in early hours of Thursday. Currently the depression is lying 400 km off the coast of Goa. ( Watch Video )

Weather scientists are tracking a deep depression formed in the southeast and adjoining central Arabian Sea, which is moving in the northwest direction and is likely to hit south Gujarat. “The system is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm and is expected to cross south Gujarat and north Maharashtra coast between Mahuva and Dahanu by early hours of November 12,” an alert issued by the India Meteorological Department said.

The system is likely to give heavy rainfall and cause damaging impact if it intensifies into a cyclone. It is currently moving at 45 kmph and is expected to intensify with the wind speed going up to 75 kmph. IMD, Gujarat director Kamaljeet Ray said the state government has been alerted, cyclone warnings issued and fishermen asked to remain off the sea. “We are monitoring the developments closely and a fresh alert will be issued on Wednesday,” Ray said. While cyclones are common in Bay of Bengal in this time of the year, cyclones in the Arabian Sea are rare, officials said.

Due to deep depression, coastal parts of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra are expected to experience squally winds with speed of up to 75 km per hour over the next two days.

Sea condition will be very rough over Lakshadweep area, along and off Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts, it said.