Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has written to the state government seeking permission to form a city-level task force to implement the plastic ban.
The GHMC commissioner will be the chairman and the working group will include officials from the Directorate of Disaster Enforcement and Management (EVDM) of the GHMC. GHMC zone commissioners, additional commissioners, municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) officials, the Telangana State Pollution Control Board, district collectors and other departments in will also be part.
The formation of this exclusive force was proposed as a result of the decree issued by the Department of Municipal Administration and Urban Development in synchronization with the Plastic Waste Management Rules (Amendment), 2021.
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According to the draft rules, the use of transport bags and single-use plastics (SUP) with a thickness of less than 75 microns should be prohibited. In addition, this use of transport and SUP bags with a thickness of less than 120 microns should be prohibited from July 1, 2022. Currently, within the limits of the GHMC, there is a ban on plastic bags with a thickness. less than 50 microns.
Meanwhile, on the basis of the MAUD order, a series of activities have been planned. The main method of conserving the environment is to replace plastics with eco-sustainable materials. As part of the exercise, the civic organization decided to help self-help groups get financial support from banks and encourage them to make fabric and jute bags.
Apart from this, to create marketing opportunities for women, GHMC decided to provide free space at exhibitions organized by government and private organizations for SHGs who prepare environmentally friendly products which can be replaced by plastics. In accordance with the action plan submitted to implement the MAUD ordinance, enforcement activities will also be undertaken.
Plastic manufacturers, owners of shopping malls and other commercial establishments will be encouraged to use alternatives to single-use plastic. In addition to control activities, awareness campaigns are also planned. Discouraging people from using plastics by educating them, raising awareness of cost-effective alternative substances that can be used are some of the programs that will be resumed. As part of the initiative, GHMC’s Assistant Medical Officers of Health (AOMH) will visit butcher shops and ask people to bring tiffin boxes to limit the use of plastics.
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