Panchkula, July 2nd
On the second day, Municipal Corporation officials continued their campaign to make Panchkula plastic-free and today inspected the Kisan Mandi in Sector 14 and called on 25 vegetable vendors.
Council of the Mayor
We must change. If we take jute or cloth bags from home, the shopkeepers don’t give away items in plastic bags either. Kulbhushan Goyal, Mayor of Panchkula
An MC team led by Municipal Deputy Commissioner Deepak Sura conducted a surprise inspection at Kisan Mandi, challenging 12 vendors. Upon seeing the MC team, some vendors hid plastic bags. The team left the market and later returned. When it returned to market, Challans gave it out to 13 other vegetable vendors.
Sura advised people who came to buy vegetables to also bring their own cloth or jute sacks when visiting the Mandi. He said if a customer forgot to bring one, he or she should buy it from a vendor who sells bags outside the Mandi. He said everyone must do their part to make the city plastic-free.
Meanwhile, another team, led by Supervisor Mohan Lal, visited Sector 6’s market and confiscated a large quantity of plastic from a shopkeeper who was selling groceries. A challan was issued to the shopkeeper. Some other shopkeepers were also charged and fined for violating the ban.
MC Commissioner Dharamveer Singh said various citizenship teams were raising awareness of the harmful effects of using plastic bags. He said today 70 people had been challenged and violators were fined around 1 lakh.
Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal appealed to people not to use plastic bags when buying goods, saying, “We need to change. If we take burlap or cloth bags from home, the shopkeepers don’t give away items in plastic bags either.”