Vijay Kumar, Municipal Commissioner, said on Wednesday that city municipal council personnel had so far seized about 2 tonnes of plastic bags less that 40 microns thick.
He told The Hindu during a drive launched here to recover such bags and educate people about the Supreme Court order in this regard that in the first phase of the drive, personnel of the municipal council accompanied by those of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) visited retail shops, vegetable vendors and grocers.
“In the second phase, we are focussing on wholesale dealers. Nine such dealers have been found selling such plastic bags here. We are instructing them to stop purchasing or selling plastic bangs of less than 40 microns thickness. We are also recovering the material from them,” he said. Stating that awareness programmes about the law would continue till May-end, he said that from June 1 cases would be booked against violators.
To a question, Mr. Kumar said that the huge quantity of plastic bags being seized would be stored for a few days and handed over to construction companies who mix them with tar for laying roads. Sunita Mallikarjun, president of the municipal council, said that the people were cooperating with the officials and voluntarily handing over such material.
“We have not faced any resistance from shopkeepers. In fact, many of the shopkeepers are appreciating the Supreme Court order ,” she said. Meanwhile, several shopkeepers told The Hindu that the Supreme Court had taken the right decision, notwithstanding the fact that it had put some financial burden on them.
“After the ban, we have started buying thicker plastic bags, which are more expensive,” said Imran Pasha, a footwear seller.