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At a time when concerns about the issue of plastic waste getting out of hand are not misplaced, Mumbai’s crackdown on plastic use needs to be welcomed in a big way (“Plastic ban kicks off in Mumbai, but penalties off till Monday”, June 24). There may be some economic and commercial losses but the move will soon have an impact.

Gunasekar T.,

Salem, Tamil Nadu

Considering the inestimable damage plastic pollution causes, the difficulties that the common man and vendors claim they will face are just a speck. The bold act by Maharashtra needs to be emulated without hesitation across the country. The striking picture on the first page (June 24) speaks a thousand words.

Ayyasseri Raveendranath,

Aranmula, Kerala

There will be many teething troubles and hardships when any policy or programme is implemented, but people have to extend a helping hand. Going forward, there will be great employment potential for cloth manufacturers and allied industries. Banks should extend loans to this sector. If India leads the way in eliminating plastic use, many smaller countries are bound to follow suit.

S. Arjun Prasanna,

Bengaluru

Given the challenges in achieving the goal, one hopes that all stakeholders come together to ensure that the ban is not flouted. The problems caused by plastic are universal. Therefore it was disconcerting to read a report on the ‘Business’ page (“India targets plastic exports worth $10.6 billion in FY19”, June 24). In the past there have been several reports about hazardous waste being dumped in India, especially in places such as Alang in Gujarat. When India raises a hue and cry about dark means adopted by other countries, it needs to rethink its policies on plastics.

P. Prasand Thampy,

Muthoor, Thiruvalla, Kerala

No abrupt changes can be effective in a country with a huge population such as India’s that has accepted plastic as a daily need. A viable solution would be to target the young population such as students. For example, most of them have no idea how many pens end up in landfills. Switching over to ink pens is profitable in terms of being environment-friendly and money spent. Garbage management also holds the key to managing plastic waste. Creating awareness among home makers will have dramatic results. If the government imposes stiff penalties for every tonne of garbage disposed of at landfills by large industries, the polluters will be forced to look for green remedies.

Z. Khalidha Banu,

Tirupur, Tamil Nadu

I belong to a generation that went shopping with cloth or jute bags and bamboo baskets. We even used paper bags or tongas. But we now live in an advanced and fast-paced age. As bio-remedial measures are well advanced in many fields, my suggestion would be for India to take up research in biodegradation, especially in areas that involve plastic use. As Indians are talented, and innovative, we should be able to find answers. There has to be political will to encourage change.

B.R. Sant,

Hyderabad

The blanket ban on plastic seems a bit unrealistic as the move does not seem to offer people eco-friendly alternatives. Thousands of plastic product factories are bound to face problems now, which in turn may affect their workers. Technology to make biodegradable alternatives to plastic should have been offered to these factories. It is flawed to roll out a policy and then try to cover the emerging gaps.

K.V. Satyamurty,

Mumbai

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