After providing adequate time to traders, Uttarakhand government is all set to impose complete ban on polythene in the hill state from 1 August. The state government had made the announcement in June and asked the polythene wholesalers to finish their stock within the allotted time.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has requested the people of the state not to use polythene. The CM said, “Polythene use pollutes our environment and it also causes immense harm to the agriculture, animals and birds. The state government has decided to get strict on the use of polythene from August 1, so that the state could be made clean.”

After making the announcement on polythene ban, the state government was to host public awareness programme. But little was done on this front and the deadline for the traders concluded on Tuesday.

The state government is aiming to make Uttarakhand a polythene free state. Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made cleanliness a mass movement. By stopping the use of polythene, the people should extend their support in this cleanliness campaign.”