Balurghat municipality’s drive to make the town plastic -free /প্লাস্টিক ক্যারি ব্যাগ মুক্ত শহর গড়তে পৌরসভার অভিযান

Balurghat civic authority at the anti -plastic carry bag drive. Picture by Biswadip Nandy

Report by Biswadip Nandy and Santanu Ghosh

Balurghat 3 August :In a bid to make Balurghat Municipality free from plastic bags below 75 microns, the civic authority carried out an anti-plastic Carry bag drive today at different areas under the civic body of Balurghat.
It is noteworthy that Balurghat municipality has already  banned the use of plastic carry bags as well as thermocouple plates, bowls and glasses below 75 microns in Balurghat Municipality area since the first week of last month.
However, many people are still ‘deliberately’ using these things in defiance of the municipal directives.
Therefore, on Wednesday, Balurghat municipal authority led by Balurghat Municipality Chairman Ashok Mitra, Municipal Executive Officer Abhijit Basu along with councillors of different wards of Balurghat Municipality launched a major drive against this  in the market areas of ​​Balurghat .
Abhijit Basu, executive officer of the civic body said, “we are determined to stop use of plastic bags and related things under 75 microns in the municipal area. We have confiscated a large number of such plastic bags from shops during the drive. Penalty has been charged against a shopkeeper for flouting the Prohibitions”.
 Several shopkeepers were also warned by the Balurghat Municipality. Common people have, however, applauded the initiative of Balurghat Municipality to make the municipal area free from plastic bags.

the plastic carry bags seized from the shops during drive
an officer speaking on the drive
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