Notice issued to a well-known departmental store
Several teams of Dakshina Kannada District administration and Mangalore City Corporation went about surprise checks of shops and hotels on Saturday for use of plastic bags.
The checks were carried out in several parts, including the Central Market, Balmatta, Urva Market and Kankanady. Some instances of use of plastics under 40 microns were noticed. Notice was issued to one trader.
Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner K.N. Vijayaprakash said there had been several meetings with the traders and hotel owners to stop using plastic bags that were less than 40 micron thickness.
As the use has continued, the district administration and the corporation decided to conduct surprise visits and impose spot fine on the traders.
“If they continue to use the thin plastic bags, we will go for closure of the shops,” he said.
Ten teams were involved in the task. The teams visited Central Market, Bejai, Lalbagh, Jyothi, Hampankatta, Kankanady Market, Valencia, Bunder, Car Street, Flower Market, Balmatta, Kadri, Fish Market, GHS Road and K.S. Rao Road.
Mr. Vijayaprakash accompanied a team in Central Market. “We had to do this to make the implementation of the Supreme Court directive more effective,” Mr. Vijayaprakash said.
Among the places that Mr. Vijayaprakash visited included the well-known Fathima Provision Store.
Taking a gauge, Mr. Vijayaprakash went into the store to see the thickness of the carry bags.
When he found it to be 20 microns, Mr. Vijayaprakash took samples of the plastic bags and asked his personnel to issue notice to the owner of the shop.
At the hotels, Mr. Vijayaprakash not only checked the quality of plastic bags but also looked at the hygiene at the kitchen.