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Coimbatore Corporation seizes 5 tonne of banned plastic bags

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The Times of India       21.03.2017  

Coimbatore Corporation seizes 5 tonne of banned plastic bags

| | Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 07.23 PM IST
Coimbatore Corporation seizes plastic bags which are below 50 microns

 

Coimbatore Corporation seizes plastic bags which are below 50 microns

 

COIMBATORE: After almost six months, the Coimbatore Corporation again started cracking the whip on people selling plastic bags below 50 microns.

The civic body seized five tonne of banned plastic bags from wholesale shops in Thomas Street and Raja Street on Tuesday. The last time, the civic body conducted a raid was in 2016 when 500kg of banned plastic bags were seized from a shop at Sundarapuram in the south zone of the civic body.

According to the assistant city health officer Santhosh Kumar, officials received an information on Monday morning that banned plastic bags were being brought from Erode to godowns in Thomas Street and Raja Street. The sanitary workers in the area followed the trucks and kept the officials informed about their movement.

At around 10.30am, two trucks were stopped and five tonne of plastic was seized.

Two tonne of banned plastic bags were seized when they were being unloaded from a truck. Sanitary officers and inspectors were also present during the raid.

Santhosh Kumar said that according to the new solid waste management rules, 2016, plastics less than 50 microns are banned and should not be used.

Nearly eight small scale plastic bag manufacturers are functioning in Velandipalayam area in the city. Civic body officials visited them last week and conducted inspections.

"We found that all the manufacturers in the city are following rules. These banned plastics are coming into the city from the nearby districts such as Erode and Salem and some also from Kerala," said a sanitary inspector.

"We have been creating awareness on the alternative options available and have been urging the residents to stop the usage of plastics. We will soon stick posters in all the shops and grocery stores in the city. A workshop will also be conducted on March 25 and 26," said Santhosh Kumar. He added that the raids would continue.

The plastic bags seized will be used by the civic body to lay roads, and a portion of it will be handed over to cement companies located in and around the city.
 

Local bodies asked to act on plastic bag sale

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The Hindu          01.12.2014 

Local bodies asked to act on plastic bag sale

The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department has written to district collectors asking them to direct local bodies to take action against vendors around temples who use bags that are less than 40-microns thick. This is part of its efforts to prevent the use of plastic bags inside temples.

Around 50 large temples, including Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple, Kapaleeswarar temple and Thiruverkadu Karumariamman temple, have implemented a ban on use of plastic bags on their premises.

“The archakas have been directed not to accept offerings with plastic covers. The devotees are also being sensitised so they do not bring flowers and other offerings in plastic bags,” said P. Dhanapal, commissioner, HR&CE.

Temples have also procured bamboo baskets that are provided to devotees who are unaware of the plastic ban inside temples. However, shops outside the temples continue to give flowers to devotees in plastic bags.

“In a few places like the Vadapalani Murugan temple, vendors have agreed to provide baskets that can be reused. But in other temples, they are not toeing our line. Local bodies have to take action against such vendors, but they haven’t, which is why we have written to collectors asking them to direct the civic bodies to initiate action,” he said. Sources in the Chennai Corporation said the civic body would initiate action if the HR&CE wrote to it.

“We conduct periodic raids among wholesalers, dealers and distributors and seize bags that are less than 40 microns thick. We target the source rather than roadside vendors. If need be, we can still conduct a specific drives around places of worship,” he said.

Around 50 large temples have implemented a ban on use of plastic bags on their premises

 

Corporation plans to create green belts in city

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The Hindu        28.11.2014   

Corporation plans to create green belts in city

Civic body starts identifying vacant land

Mayor P. Rajkumar (second right) and Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan (right) planting a sapling at the sewage water treatment plant at Ondipudur in the city on Thursday.
Mayor P. Rajkumar (second right) and Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan (right) planting a sapling at the sewage water treatment plant at Ondipudur in the city on Thursday.

The Corporation is planning to create a green belt on the premises housing large buildings in the city.

Mayor P. Rajkumar said that they have started identifying vast areas of vacant land on the premises of public sector establishments and holding talks with the officials to plant saplings.He said this after inaugurating the tree plantation drive at the sewage water treatment plant of the Corporation’s underground drainage project at Ondipudur on Thursday.

The Mayor said that they would be planting another 450 saplings in a phased manner. “Most of the trees will be aromatic to control the bad odour from emanating from the treatment plant,” he said.

Mr. Rajkumar said that the green belt would be made mandatory right from the planning stage to get the Town and Country Planning Department approval and implementation would also be strictly followed. “Efforts would be taken to urge the existing establishments to establish a green belt,” he added.

Corporation officials said that they are also planning to improve the green cover in education institutions too. Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan and other Corporation officials were also present.

 


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