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Polythene bags to be banned in Uttarkashi

Date: 28-11-1997 :: Pg: 09 :: Col: c

By Our Staff Reporter (The Hindu)

UTTARKASHI, Nov. 27: The District Magistrate, Mr L Venkateshwarlu, has passed a Conditional Order under Section 133 Cr. PC (Public nuisance and inconvience caused to the public) seeking objections from concerned parties within two months as to why the use of polythene bags should not be banned in this district. The order comes in the wake of a number of complaints from people seeking a ban on the use of polythene bags by retailers and even vegetable vendors who back their goods in these bags. The buyers discard these bags near their homes thereby choking drains, rivulets and even natural springs with the non bio-degradable materials. The problem is further aggravated by tourists and pilgrims visiting Gangotri and Yamunotri or undertaking trekking expeditions in the hills of this magnificent hill station.

According to Mr K S Kainthola, a teacher, public awareness against pollution and health hazards caused by these polythene bags finds its roots in the orders of the Supreme Court in this matter in the areas around the higher Himalayan shrines and also a ban on use of polythene bags by the district administration in Ayodhya. “We do need a lot of public spirited people to bring back our age old system of carrying goods in jute or cloth bags, carry food like curds and sambhar in “kullads” (small earthern pots) if the polythene menace has to be checked before it is too late,” Mr Kainthola said.