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Single-Use Plastic Worth 50 Lakhs Seized In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Conducting a raid, single-use plastic worth Rs 50 Lakhs was seized today from a house in Saheed Nagar area of the Capital city.

A joint team of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Pollution Control Board officials conducted a raid at one Alok Kumar Biswal’s residence at Plot number 638 of the populated Saheed Nagar area based on a tip-off. The officials found single-use plastic worth Rs 50 lakh in the residence. It is being speculated this was a central hub from where the plastic items were supplied to all over the Capital.

The single-use plastic seized today, which has been banned in all urban local bodies (ULBs) across Odisha, was sourced from states like Gujarat and West Bengal, said a BMC official. Items such as polythene bags, spoons, glasses, storage containers, plates, and thermocol products were seized today.

He added that stipulated action will be taken against the violator which will act as a deterrent to others following the same path.

Forest and Environment department Principal Secretary Mona Sharma on behalf of the Governor had issued an order for ban on usage of single-use plastic from October 2 onwards.

According to the order, no person can sell, trade, manufacture, import, store, carry, transport, use polythene carry bags of any shape, thickness and size (excluding compostable); bottled drinking water (PET/PETE) bottles of less than 200ml capacity; single-use disposable cutleries made up of thermocol (polystyrene), polyurethane and the like; or plastic such as dish, spoon, cup, plate, glass, fork, bowl, pouch to store liquid and container etc of any size and shape excepting for packing and selling of milk and other ancillary milk products; and thermocol decorative materials (flowers and the like).

Abani Patnaik, Addl. Commissioner, BMC

Vinod Behera, Rigional Officer, State Pollution Control Board, Odisha

Alok Kumar Biswal

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