Bhubaneswar: Zonal Deputy Commissioners (ZDCs) of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to constitute two squads in their respective zones to enforce the ban on the use of plastic. There are three ZDCs under BMC ie North, South-East and South-West.
BMC officials said that the three ZDCs will conduct raids in the city on every Wednesdays. Earlier the civic body had constituted two central squads comprising of officials of the State Pollution Control Board, Commissionerate Police and Forest Department for conducting raids on shops and markets.
BMC officials said that the two central squads so far has collected a fine of more than Rs 40000 and has seized polythene/plastics amounting to more than three quintals from various markets, small business establishments and malls in the state capital.
“We are planning to impart awareness among president and secretaries of market associations, wholesale businessmen by calling them to BMC for attending the training programme which will be conducted next week. Our experts will explain and demonstrate which are banned and which are non-banned plastics in order to eliminate confusion,’’ said Deputy Commissioner of BMC, Prabir Khillar who is also the nodal officer for polythene enforcement.
The state government had earlier announced to ban plastic and polythene in the state from October 2 last year on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.