Agra bans plastic bags to curb pollution

Agra bans plastic bags to curb pollution

by The Daily Eye Team June 21 2014, 8:52 am Estimated Reading Time: 1 min, 0 secs

With an aim to curb the rising pollution in Yamuna, the Agra district administration has decided to strictly implement the ban on use of polythene in the city. For the same cause, the municipal authorities have been asked to place barricades at Yamuna ghats to resist locals for throwing garbage and polythene into the river. In December 2012, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court ordered the state government to impose a ban on plastic bags across the state. Heading a meeting of senior administrative and municipal authorities on Thursday, divisional commissioner Pradeep Bhatnagar instructed the officials to place an immediate ban on the use of polythene below 40 microns in the town. Special measures have been directed to the civic body regarding the use and sale of plastic and polythene bags near Taj Trapezium zone. Orders were also passed to place wastepaper bins near the bathing ghats for people to deposit polythene bags and other waste.

“The polythene nuisance has to be curbed as it was a major source of pollution in the city. Not only are the bags an eyesore, but their use is proving a major hurdle to clean up the city,” said Bhatnagar.

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