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JAMMU: Intensifying its Anti-Polythe Drive against the sale, stocking and use of banned Polythene Carry Bags having thickness below 50 microns and Single Use Plastic Cutlery Items, a team of J&K Pollution Control Board (PCB), Jammu-North officers conducted raids at various shops, fruit & vegetable Mandis of Jammu & Gharota Area and seized 800 Kgs of banned Polythene Carry Bags (below 50 microns) and Single Use Plastic Cutlery items.On receiving specific inputs that the banned polythene material was being distributed and circulated in the markets of Jammu on scooties, the team laid Nakas at different spots and intercepted/seized three scooties which were found to be transporting banned polythene.The polythene mafia has adopted this new modus operandi of using scooties for polythene distribution to various shopkeepers and fruit/vegetable vendors of the city & its outskirts.The shops were raided with support and assistance of the Police team from Amb-Gharota Police Station headed by SHO Khayatiman Khajuria. During raids about 800 kgs of banned Polythene Carry Bags and non-biodegradable disposables (SUP) were was seized, the violators were compounded for Rs 32500. The team was headed by Divisional Officer, J&K Pollution Control Board Jammu-North.The drive was conducted on the directions of Chairman JKPCB, Suresh Chugh and under the direct supervision of Member Secretary J&K PCB, BM Sharma and Regional Director Jammu, Dr Syed Nadeem Hussain.When contacted, Chairman PCB Suresh Chugh informed that the operation was conducted smoothly and as planned.He appreciated the support of local people rendered to the PCB team as such active participation of the local people not only boosts the morale of the law enforcing authorities but it also sends out a message that people are getting aware of the nuisance created by Polythene and Single Use PlasticChairman, J&K PCB warned all the traders/shopkeepers involved in sale and stocking of illegal polythene/plastic items and users/general public to avoid storage, sale and use of banned polythene as well as single use disposable cutlery items made of non-biodegradable material to stop this illegal trade failing which they will have to face stern legal actions from the law enforcement agencies.He informed that the District Officers of J&K PCB have now been authorized to compound and collect fines up to Rs 50,000 for every single violation.
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