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DMB imposes ban on use of plastic bags

From our Staff Correspondent

Dibrugarh, Feb 16:  Keeping ever increasing pollution due to use of polythene bags in view, the Dibrugarh Municipality Board (DMB) has banned use of polythene bags in the town at par directives of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.

 In an order issued on Wednesday, the DMB has prohibited use of polythene bags in the municipal area and has called upon all traders, businessmen and customers not to use the polythene bags anymore. A sum of Rs 10,000 will be imposed as fine under Plastic Waste Magement rules on those who use plastic bags without  taking any prior permission, the DMB order clarified.

However, the order further specified that those traders who want to supply goods to consumers in plastic carry bags are to take prior permission from DMB by paying Rs 4,000 per month.

A number of citizens, while welcoming the DMB’s decision of plastic ban, have expressed their dismay over the DMB’s order as on the one hand it imposed blanket ban on use of plastic bags in the town, but on the other hand encouraged traders to take permission from DMB by paying Rs 4,000 for use of polythene bags, which is certainly a contradictory approach.

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