Manipur to ban polythene bags soon

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, June 5, 2018: Chief minister N. Biren Singh has announced on the occasion of the world environment day celebration to ban polythene bags in Manipur within three months of notification that would be issued soon.

Biren Singh made the announcement at the launch of Cherry Blossom Avenue at Luwangshangbam in Imphal on the occasion of World Environment Day.

He said a notice to instruct the shopkeepers to replace plastics with alternative materials within three months would be issued by the government soon. It is a part of government’s efforts towards imposing a complete ban on use and sale of plastics in the state, he added.

Expressing serious concern over ever increasing rate of health hazards caused by pollution and environmental degradation, the chief minister assured that youth clubs and other voluntary organisations which are willing to take up waste management activities in their respective localities would be provided financial assistance by the government.

Some private entrepreneurs had started coming forward with the idea of producing materials which can replace plastic items.  Campaign against pollution and environment protection would be successful only when people extend collective co-operation to the government, said Biren.

He also informed the gathering that a 7-km long stretch of Yangoi Maril chocked with a huge volume of plastic materials accumulated in the last 30-40 years had been cleansed recently.

The function was organised by Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development to coincide with the world environment day.

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