|March 13, 2018 at 5:34 pm #8178|
Seven member-panchayat of Rumdamol-Davorlim in the Salcete taluka has decided to ban the use and sale of plastic bags in its areas, which will come into force from March 12.
The move comes in the backdrop of the state government ‘planning’ to impose ban on sale of plastic bags from April 1.
Incidentally, this is the first panchayat to take such a step in South Goa.
The Goa Panchayati Raj Act empowers the panchayat to take this step in the interest of the village – for maintaining it clean.
The ban will be on the sale and used of all the plastic bags irrespective of their thickness.
“Village of Rumdamol-Davorlim has seen a lot of ill- effects of the plastic bags. These plastic bags are eaten by the stray animals. Smoke from the burning of the plastic bags has been found to be the cause of cancer. Plastic is seen scattered all over the panchayat area. In order to put an end to the plastic menace, the panchayat adopted a resolution in the body meeting held on February 28,” informed the panch Vinayak Volvoikar, while addressing the media at the panchayat premises on Saturday in presence of other five panchas.
Sarpanch could not attend the media briefing due to the death of her kin.
Volvoikar said that the message about the ban on plastic bags was spread among the households through those collecting waste door-to-door.
“We have purchased eco-friendly cotton bags which will be distributed to all the 2000 households on Sunday asking them to make use of it instead of the plastic bags,” he added.
Those collecting waste from the households will be distributing the cotton bags on Sunday, a day before the ban will actually come into force.
The panchayat has already decided on the fine structure – a fine of Rs 100 to Rs 500 will be recovered from those using plastic bags, and Rs 2000 will be recovered from the shop keepers selling or providing free plastic bags to their customers.
The drive will start from the business premises and that the panchayat members will be monitoring the implementation of the ban.
“There is no place in the village to set up the garbage treatment plant. The Goa State Pollution Control Board has rejected the earlier site chosen by the panchayat. The village is reeling under the pressure of garbage disposal,” said another panch adding that the waste management corporation is lifting the village waste.
Volvoikar and all the other panchayat members however sought support of the villagers in containing the plastic menace.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Ban on use, sale of plastic bags in Rumdamol-Davorlim panchayat area“