Ahead of the International Earth Day (on April 22), the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) H/West ward (Bandra) has chalked out plans to promote environment friendly living by proposing elimination of the usage of plastic in Bandra. In a meeting called by the civic body on Wednesday, the Assistant Municipal Commissioner Sharad Ughade discussed the disadvantages of using plastic. The meeting was attended by stall owners from Linking road and Hill road who are the primary suppliers of plastic bags.
“Along with stall owners, hotels association and residents were also called and we made them pledge to curb the usage of plastic to save the environment,” said a senior civic official from the H/West ward.
The BMC has roped in women self-help groups to provide an alternative to plastic bags. The groups will manufacture and sell carry bags made of old newspapers. “We are selling these bags at low rates so that the buyers would be encouraged to buy them in bulk,” said Neeta Lakhote from Udyogini, a self-help group.
Also, the BMC has decided to fine those who use plastic bags despite the order. “We are making people understand the ill-effects of using plastic bags however if they still don't stop using them, then we will start imposing fines,” said an official. According to the members of Udgoyini, two people have already placed orders for paper bags from the ward.
Meanwhile, the civic body has displayed the contact details of all groups engaged in the production of paper bags so that the stall and hotel owners can contact them directly.
According to BMC, one more meeting will be held on April 22 to promote its Anti-Plastic drive in the ward.