SPCB carries out anti-polythene drive

SPCB carries out anti-polythene drive

Seizes large quantity of polythene

Jammu and Kashmir State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) on Monday carried out a major anti-polythene drive here. 

A team of SPCB officials headed by Dr. Syed Nadeem Hussain, regional director Kashmir, and assisted by officials of SMC and Forest Protection Force raided many shopkeepers in Srinagar selling their merchandise in illegal polythene bags which have been banned in the State of J&K. These raids were conducted in Dalgate, Maharaja Bazar, Lal Chowk, Kokar Bazaar and Batamaloo areas of the city in which a large quantity of banned and illegal polythene was seized. 

To mention that Government vide SRO 45 dated 3 February 2017 has banned manufacture, stocking, distribution, sale and use of polythene carry bags, plastic sheets or like, cover made of plastic sheet, plastic packaging and multi-layered packing less than 50 microns in thickness within the territorial limits of the State of Jammu of Kashmir.

Similar, anti-polythene drives were also conducted in all the districts of Kashmir including Pulwama, Baramulla, Budgam, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam and Kupwara in which large quantity of illegal polythene was seized.

Regional Director SPCB Kashmir said that “the current anti-polythene raids are one of the many raids that will follow as part of the anti-polythene campaign initiated by the SPCB which is spearheaded by Minister for Forests and Environment  Chaudhary Lal Singh.” 

He further informed that as per the directions of the minister for Forests and Environment, SPCB is going to launch an aggressive anti-polythene awareness and advertisement campaign in the coming weeks to sensitise the masses regarding the harmful effects of polythene use.

He also appealed the public to refrain from using polythene in day to day life and go for eco-friendly alternatives of polythene.