The Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner has made an appeal to the city's residents to avoid plastics and go in for alternatives.

In a release he said that plastics that were discarded had clogged the storm water drains, sewer lines, water bodies, polluted the land and also the ecosystem. It had also stunted the growth of plants, harmed animals and humans as well.

Notwithstanding the ill effects of plastics, the city's residents continued to use them, especially because of the easy availability and use. “We have completely forgotten the practice of carrying our own bag while shopping. Moreover, most of us are not aware of the hazards caused by the use of plastic bags.”

Mr. Mishra asked the residents to declare their campus/premises as ‘Plastic-free Zones', encourage and educate the students to use only a cloth bag or a jute bag for shopping, educate people to not have food items packed in plastic containers, plastic packets or plastic bags, make it a fashion to use cloth bags, jute bags or paper bags and insist upon shop oweners/merchants to pack and sell food items only in paper, cloth or jute bags.

On its part the Coimbatore Corporation was taking steps to ban manufacturing and marketing of plastic carry bags and planned to impose fine on shopkeepers found indulging in selling plastics.

He also said that in response to Corporation's action, Park Group of Institutions and KGiSL, though outside city limits, had come forward to participate in the anti-plastics drive by declaring their campuses plastic-free.