Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Kohima DTF discusses plastic ban

Kohima District Task Force (DTF) for implementation of “total ban on all single-use plastic in Nagaland” Thursday held a meeting in the conference hall of the deputy commissioner (DC) Kohima, to discuss the ban of identified Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) items w.e.f. July 1.
According to a DIPR report, chairperson of the meeting, DC Kohima Gregory Thejawelie informed that the notification was issued to eradicate the menace of plastic and the serious environmental and ecological challenges posed by the rampant use of plastics.
With regard to the implementation, DC said the DTF carried out several initiatives in the form of sensitisation and awareness programmes and also conducted surprise checking on banned plastic items in the district in 2019.
He, however said that the programmes could not be continued owing to the pandemic. He noted that the conduct of the exercises resulted in positive changes to a great extent.
While stating that the task involved collective efforts of everyone, DC urged upon NGOs, Churches and other stakeholders to take the initiative in disseminating the information in their respective jurisdictions and platforms.
The members discussed how best the implementation could be carried out at rural and urban areas and decided to focus on sensitisation.
The meeting also dwelt on issues with regard to the implementation and decided to clarify matters with the government.
Meanwhile, the enforcement teams in the district headquarters, sub-divisional and village levels have been reminded to strictly monitor and function as squads for vigilance and ensure the imposing of identified plastic ban items in any form once the implementation comes into effect.
The meeting was attended by government officials, DDK, AYO, AWO, ASU, KVYO, KVSU, KCCI, Green Team Kohima, ACU, ACRCC, KBYF, and KTPF.
Immediate ban on SUPs imposed in Tuensang
The additional deputy commissioner (ADC) and administrator Tuensang Town Council (TTC) Thungchanbemo Tungoe has notified ban on SUPs within the limit of TTC with immediate effect.
According to a DIPR report, ADC informed that SUP products will be totally banned within the district-All carry bags, with or without handles, irrespective of thickness and size; plastic cutlery including plates, plastic cups, straws, trays, etc.; cutlery and other decorative made of Styrofoam; polythene; nylon and poly-vinyl-chlorides.
ADC informed every individual, institution/commercial establishment, educational institution, office, hotel, shop, restaurant, religious institutions, industrial establishments, banquet halls, etc., to abide by the total ban and warned that any breach will be liable for penal action along with fine amounting to Rs. 2000.
Further, Tungoe informed that the manufacture of SUPs below 120 microns in thickness w.e.f. September 30 and manufacture of non-woven plastic carry bags shall not be less than 60 gram per square meter w.e.f. September 30.
He also added that manufacture of the following items will be banned completely July 1 onwards-earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, and polystyrene for decoration. Plastic cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or packaging films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, and cigarette packets, and plastic or polyvinyl chloride banners not less than 100 microns.
To oversee the adherence of the public in general to the ban, ADC said the inspector and officials of TTC have been authorised to carry out inspections and levy fines against defaulters.