Aizawl will soon become a plastic-free city Credit: Representational image | Pixabay

Aizawl: Aizawl, the capital of India’s northeastern state of Mizoram, will soon become a plastic-free city. The Aizawl Municipal Corporation(AMC) is planning to ban single-use plastic bags and other plastics products to fulfill its commitment to make Aizawl a plastic free city by the end of September this year.

AMC commissioner H Lalthlangliana told media person in Aizawl on Friday that the corporation would impose a city-wide ban on single-use polythene bags and other plastics products of below 50 micron from first August.

He said that notice was published on various local papers on April 1 to inform the general public and businessmen. He added the AMC’s board of councilor meeting held during March 26-27 this year resolved to make Aizawl a plastic-free capital by October 2 this year.

Aizawl is the largest city and commercial hub of the state with a population of more than 2.93 lakh. It has figured on the list of 100 smart cities in the country.

Mizoram is a state where plastic grocery bags are used in large quantity in shopping and business sectors to cater customers.

Lalthangliana said that the National Tribunal instructed all the 100 smart cities under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme to become a plastic-free city by October 2.

Apart from banning plastic bags and plastic products within the jurisdiction of AMC, import of any plastic product from outside will also be prohibited, he said.

According to the commissioner, the corporation will frame by-law for fixing category of plastic products to be banned and penalties for violation of law. He said that all local councils, NGOs and various voluntary organisations will be authorised to enforce the prohibition law.

Total ban on plastic products has been imposed in 21 states in the country, while five states have imposed partial ban and 10 states are yet to ban it.

Lalthangliana said that banning plastic products will not be difficult in Mizoram because the state has organised churches and NGOs, a large number of educated people, active local councils or village councils and highly spoken common language (Mizo language), which will enable to spread awareness.

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