As many as five tonnes of banned plastics were seized from wholesale dealers in city during the raids conducted by the Health Department officials of Mysore City Corporation (MCC) yesterday.

The raids were conducted on wholesale shops in Shivarampet, Santhepet and other places in city which were found selling the banned material as both manufacturing and selling of plastic bags below 40 microns thick are banned in the State since March 2011.

MCC Health Officer Dr. D.G. Nagaraj said that the raid was successful and added it was part of the week-long drive against sale of plastic bags which are below 40 microns. He said that notice has been issued to the dealers with a warning of cancelling their trade licences if the sale is repeated again.

Officials of the respective MCC zones will carry out the raids on shops and vendors selling the banned plastic bags, he said and added that the banned plastic bags were mostly being used by small shops around the city.

Dr. Nagaraj has said that the banned plastic bags were being used due to shortage of above 40 microns thick plastic bags and added that the banned plastic bags were being shipped mostly from Maharashtra.

He has also said that the MCC is discussing plans to increase the availability of above 40 microns thick plastic bags in city and added that there were two manufacturers in city who are manufacturing the same.

He has urged the residents to carry their own bags or insist the shops for plastic bags which are above 40 microns

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore