According to MCC Mayor B L Bhyrappa, general public, street vendors and other business establishments have been informed to stop using plastic.
Executing the recent order issued by the state government to all local authorities to ban usage of plastic abiding with environmental concerns, the Mysuru City Corporation informed all the public and stakeholders to cooperate in this regard to take the clean city tag of the heritage city to the next level, here on Wednesday.
Since the directions issued by the government insist on taking stringent action against those who violate the norms under Section 5 of Environment Conservation Act 1986, repeat violators will be subjected to legal action, the MCC informed.
Addressing mediapersons at MCC Old Council Hall, Mayor B L Bhyrappa said that the public authorities have already announced all the corporation offices and zonal offices as plastic-free zones. “In this regard, we are expecting cooperation from the general public towards environmental concerns as well as to keep the heritage city clean to ensure a healthy environment,” he said.
“We have already closed four plastic manufacturing companies within city limits. Henceforth, general public, street vendors and other business establishments are informed to stop using plastic. It would be appreciable if people take more responsibility to eradicate plastic usage than the authorities forcibly imposing the law abiding with green concerns,” he appealed.
Briefing the reporters, the Mysuru City Corporation Commissioner C G Betsurmath said that the officials of Mysuru City Corporation and from other public institutions, including the commissioner, health officers, all engineers, assistant commissioners, tahsildars, the Income Tax Department officers, officers from the Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Weights and Measures Department Regulators and Sub regulator officers have been authorized to conduct seize operations against those who using plastic bags below 40 microns.
Meanwhile, The Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner and the regional environmental officers of Karnataka Pollution Control Board are authorized to lodge cases against violators under their jurisdiction, in accordance with the Section 19 of the Environment Conservation Act 1986 in the court of law.
However, there is exemption for those who manufacture plastic bags in SEZ and EOU zones to be exported; plastics to be used in nurseries in consent with Forest Department and Horticulture Department; shield packaging plastics and milk packets have been permitted, he said.
Affordable cloth bags
In order to encourage alternative options to stop plastic usage, the MCC has come up with a new idea of distributing tailored cloth bags in the city limits, wherein people can buy them at an affordable cost. Women tailors who have been provided sewing machines under various schemes from MCC have been assigned to stitch bags, with MCC providing them free cloth for the project.
To create awareness among public on cleanliness, the MCC launched posters, which will be displayed in shops and offices across the city.