Chennai corporation raids 1,831 shops for banned plastics

Green drive: Corporation officials raiding a roadside shop at the NSC Bose Road.  

The Greater Chennai Corporation on Monday started raids on commercial establishments to check violations of the ban on single-use plastics and collected over ₹2.1 lakh as fines across the city.

As many as 1,831 businesses were covered in the raids on Monday and the civic officials seized 832 kg of banned plastics in 15 zones of the city and imposed a fine on 175 shops, sources said.

The largest number of violations were reported in the Royapuram zone. “As many as 64 shops were raided on Monday in Royapuram and 310 kg of banned plastics was seized. Violations were detected in 23 establishments. The fine amount was ₹38,400,” an official said.

The largest number of shops were raided in the Adyar zone. But the plastics seized in the zone was just 30.3 kg. Just 16 shops were found in violation of the ban in this zone.

Similarly, just 16 shops violated the ban in southern zones of Perungudi and Sholinganallur. In Sholinganallur zone, officials conducted raids on 63 shops. “We collected a fine amount of ₹1,300 from four shops,” an official said.

Perungudi zone reported raids in 77 shops, collecting a fine of ₹39,100 from 12 offenders.

The number of shops raided in Tiruvottiyur was 128, Manali 25, Madhavaram 68, Tondiarpet 122, Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar 127, Ambattur 159, Anna Nagar 195, Teynampet 134, Kodambakkam 234, Valasaravakkam 173 and Alandur 59.

Corporation officials said banned plastics were not seized from commercial establishments that have an area of more than 1000 sq. ft. in many of the zones.

Trader welfare

Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangangalin Peramaippu president A.M. Vikramaraja said civic officials should not seize plastic products that are not banned by the State government.

“License for manufacture of biodegradable carry bags should be given to manufacturers within 24 hours to increase availability. Raw materials for manufacture of biodegradable carry bags should be provided.

The government should safeguard the livelihood of traders. Civic officials should not harass them,” said Mr. Vikramaraja.

Meanwhile, the Corporation continues to create awareness among traders about the ban on plastics. Conservancy inspectors, sanitary inspectors and junior engineers have urged traders to stop using banned plastic products.

Civic officials have also created awareness among traders on alternatives to banned plastics. Awareness camps have also been conducted in schools and colleges. “We have covered more than 100 schools to create awareness on the plastic ban in the city. On Monday, a camp was conducted at the Chennai Corporation School in Shenoy Nagar,” Corporation Health Education Officer T.G.Srinivasan said.

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