Mysuru: The Akhila Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat, Mysuru Unit, on the occasion of World Environment Day organised an awareness campaign on the importance of the ban on plastic carry bags here on Thursday July 28.
Mysuru City Corporation’s (MCC) Chief Health Officer Dr. D. G. Nagaraj and his team distributed cloth bags and awareness leaflets to the consumers and vendors in various parts of the City.
The MCC team visited MG Road Vegetable Market, Mandi Market, Devaraja Market, Agrahara Market, KT Street, Lansdowne Building and Old Santhepete and urged the traders and people to use cloth bags instead of plastic bags. Health Inspector Tejaswini launched the awareness drive by imposing a penalty of Rs. 12,000 on the spot to shop owners who were using plastic bags in the market.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Nagaraj said that we should stop using plastic items. “By making it a habit to go to the market with cloth handbags, we can stop using plastic bags like in the olden days and protect our environment. Today, due to excessive use of plastic, the ecological balance is being threatened. This will also affect the
environment. The Central and State Governments have issued orders banning the use of plastic bags. People should take the initiative to preserve biodiversity along with the environment by using cloth handbags.”
As per the Environment Protection Act 1986, the ban on the use of plastic bags which are less than 40 microns in thickness, must be followed by all even today. If plastic bags with a thickness of fewer than 40 microns are used, the toxic chemicals in them will get mixed with water, land and air affecting our health. Hence, let’s all use eco-friendly cloth bags instead of plastic, he said.
Akhila Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat Mysuru Unit President Ravi Shankar said “it is urgent that we all must act immediately. “Reduce the use of banned plastic bags step by step. If we ignore it, we will cause harm to our environment and this will lead to plastic pollution.”