In keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for the elimination of the use of plastic, all the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs) ~ South Corporation, North Corporation, and East Corporation ~ would penalise those using plastic bags in the city.

The three BJP-ruled civic bodies are distributing pamphlets among Delhi’ites, exhorting them not to use the plastic bags.

“As per rules, a penalty of Rs 500 is imposed if anyone is caught using banned plastic bags. Be it the market or society, all would be prosecuted if they use polythene bags,” the civic bodies stated.

Intensifying its anti-plastic drive, the South Corporation authorities have seized 904 kg polythene bags and issued 23 challans in its belt.

South Zone chairperson, South Corporation, Tulsi Joshi today distributed jute and cotton bags in the weekly markets of R K Puram ward in an awareness campaign against plastic bags.

In this campaign, she appealed to the shopkeepers and hawkers not to use polythene bags less than 50 microns in thickness. “If any shopkeepers/hawkers are found using polythene bags less than 50 microns, then according to NGT orders Rs 5000 penalty will be imposed,” she said.

Joshi also encouraged the citizens to participate in this anti-plastic drive and carry their own jute/cotton bags while going to market.

North Delhi mayor Avtar Singh has written a letter to Commissioner Varsha Joshi, stating that “Corporation should launch an awareness campaign to stop using plastic bags and start using cloth/jute bags from 2 October, as plastic is not biodegradable and naturally perishable.”

The campaign should elaborate on the hazards of the use of plastic for our environment. The civic body employees should contribute to this crucial task to save our earth, he added.

The mayor also called for stern action against stockists of plastic bags as per provisions of law.

The East Corporation has sealed at least 57 illegal units which segregate and process e-waste in Kanti Nagar Ext. area.

The operation was carried out by a joint team of East Corporation, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, SDM and Delhi Police following the directions of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). The sealing action was monitored by Standing Committee chairman of East Delhi, Sandeep Kapoor.

“Illegal e-waste segregation and melting units were operating in Kanti Nagar Ext. area. These units were polluting groundwater of area and damaging environment,” Kapoor said, adding that such a drive will continue for the next few days.