Staff Reporter

Traders' body keeps away from meeting

  • Meeting convened by municipality resolves to enforce ban
  • Squads of health inspectors to enforce plastic ban

    KANNUR: The initiatives of the Kannur municipality to enforce the Government's decision to ban plastic carrybags below 30 microns is likely to run into rough weather with merchants expressing their reservations about the ban.

    The first sign of the difficulty in implementing the ban was seen at a meeting convened of representatives of merchants' organisations, hoteliers and meat vendors in the municipal area on Friday. Representatives of the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES), the organisation that represented majority of merchants here, did not attend the meeting convened by municipal chairman K. Upendran to discuss the implementation of the ban in the municipality.

    The meeting, however, resolved to enforce the ban on production, storage, consumption and sale of plastic carrybags, bottles and cups below 30 microns. The meeting highlighted the environmental problems caused by the increased use of plastic carrybags and other such products. Hoteliers and meat merchants extended their co-operation in this regard and said they would replace the plastic carrybags with paper bags and plantain leaves.

    Mr. Upendran said the KVVES representatives should have attended the meeting and expressed their concerns. The municipality, he said, would go ahead with the order. Squads of municipal health inspectors would be formed to enforce the ban. He said the ban would be strictly enforced as neither the merchants nor the public were seen to abide by the ban order. Strict action would also be taken to implement the ban order without further notice, he added.

    District president of the KVVES Devasya Mecheri denied having abstained from the meeting. He said the merchants would co-operate in the enforcement of the ban provided it was carried out across the district.

    Strict enforcement of the ban in the municipality would prove futile if plastic carrybags were available in the neighbouring panchayats, he said.

    Though there efforts had been initiated to ban plastic carrybags in the town, they failed in the absence of strict enforcement of the ban. The authorities now pinned their hopes on enforcing the ban successfully on the Government Order.