Cleanest City’ Mysuru bans plastic use during Dasara
The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) will strictly implement the ban on plastic carry bags and other disposal items during Dasara celebrations, in order to retain the ‘Cleanest City’ tag it earned for the third time recently.
The civic body is taking the mission very seriously and is sensitising people, stakeholders and manufacturers to the blanket ban on plastic. Besides keeping the city clean, the initiative is aimed at safeguarding the ‘clean city tag’ of the heritage city.
Repeated raids are being carried out on shops and manufacturing units in the city while creating awareness among hotels, lodges and restaurants not to use or provide banned plastic covers to their customers.
Health Officer Dr H Ramachandra told DH that the civic body has issued strict instructions to hoteliers and shopkeepers not to sell or provide banned plastic bags. But, a few hoteliers have submitted a requisition for relaxing the ban on plastic covers during Dasara festivities.
The MCC is keeping a strict vigil to prevent use of the banned items, which will affect the beauty of the city and also affect the environment adversely.
No special force
According to official sources, it is a challenge for them to check the menace during ‘Naada Habba’ (Dasara) as the tourist inflow will be higher than usual. Yet, the corporation is confident of accomplishing its mission and plans to give wide publicity to the plastic ban.
“We are campaigning against plastic among the people and are also spreading awareness through pamphlets and posters. No special force will be deployed at tourist places to check people carrying plastic covers during Dasara, but the MCC will take all measures to prevent plastic use,” said an officer.
Chandru, a hotelier on Chamaraja Double Road said, it is difficult to do business without plastic covers as the use of foil and cloth bags to pack food will cost more.
“A majority of people ask for plastic bags to carry takeaways. We cannot pack wet food in paper bags,” he said.
A security guard at the Mysuru Palace said, a majority of tourists, who come to the palace for the Jamboo Savari during Dasara, carry eatables in plastic covers.
During last Dasara also, the corporation had barred use of plastic covers but the palace grounds were littered with plastic. At least 15,000 people witness the Jamboo Savari, he said.
Smitha Kumar, a resident of Vijayanagar, said, the district administration has declared Chamundi Hills a plastic-free zone.
“But the officials have failed to monitor the ban. One can see heaps of plastic everywhere. A spot fine should be imposed on those carrying plastic bags and stringent action taken against shopkeepers and manufacturers violating the norm. People should co-operate by at least recycling instead of buying new plastic bags every time,” Smitha suggested.