Paper bags to be distributed among shopkeepers
Srinagar, Aug 25: In order to make Srinagar city polythene free, Srinagar Municipal Corporation today launched an intensifying anti polythene drive under the supervision of Chief Sanitation officer Mohammed Akbar Sofi.
The drive which started from the main Chowk of Jawahar Nagar aimed at educating the shopkeepers and other Business units about the polythene menace so that the practice of selling consumables and other day to day commodities in polythene is to be completely banned.
During the drive some senior officers including the women employees of the Corporation interacted with the shopkeepers and encouraged them to make use of paper bags instead of polythene by handing over paper bags to the various Business units including vegetable sellers, mutton sellers, provisional stores and taking away polythene from the ones who had stocked it.
Commissioner SMC Dr Shafqat khan who is personally monitoring the entire exercise of anti polythene drives has ordered paper bags in bulk which is to be distributed among the shopkeepers as to communicate a message that polythene needs to be banned and bags made of biodegradable material which are environment friendly needs to be utilised as a substitute for polythene.
He has appealed to all the shopkeepers and vendors to give up the selling or stocking things in polythene with their own conscience without the enforcement intervention.
We will start a massive campaign where our workers including women will go out in markets, Mohallas and schools to educate people about the hazardous effects of polythene and encourage our community to discontinue with the use of polythene said Dr Shafqat.
He has further sought cooperation from all the walks of life in Srinagar city in this regard. (KNS)