MMC takes single-use plastic ban awareness drive but fails to give alternate substitutes to vendors
VASCO: Mormugao Municipal Council Chairperson, along with the market committee members, undertook an awareness drive on the single-use plastic ban in the Vasco market area on Tuesday.
Although MMC failed to give alternate substitutes to the plastic bags, which they have asked vendors to stop from using.
With the pan India ban on single-use plastic by the Central Government, there has been a move in all strata of the society by the local governing bodies to enforce this ban in toto. On a similar line, the Mormugao municipality on Tuesday undertook a hasty awareness drive in the market, requesting all the vendors to stop the usage of single-use plastic or else face a penalty.
The irony of the situation here is the MMC councillors who have warned the Goan traditional vendors to stop using single-use plastic, especially polythene bags, have failed to suggest and give a greener non-polluting alternate substitute for the polythene.
Later, speaking to the reporters, Leo Rodrigues, Chairperson of MMC, said that he, along with the market committee chairman Vinod Kinlekar and City Councillor Shami Salkar, along with the municipal inspectors, undertook this awareness drive in and around the market area.
He further added that the vendors had been warned not to use single-use plastic, and if someone is found using it from tomorrow onwards, there will be heavy fines imposed on such violators.
Vinod Kinlekar, chairman of the Vasco market committee, reiterated that the awareness drive on the single-use plastic ban was conducted today. The vendors have listened to our advice and have agreed to stop the use of a single-use plastic ban.