Ukhrul: Sensing the ill-effects of single-use plastic and other plastic products, Manipur’s Ukhrul district on Wednesday announced a blanket ban on the usage of such items with immediate effect.
The announcement was made by Ukhrul deputy commissioner Joseph Pauline Kamson on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday.
“In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make India free from single-use plastic, I am happy to declare that ‘single-use’ plastics are banned in Ukhrul district from 2nd October 2019 onwards,” said Kamson.
Some of the banned plastic items include plastic bags, small plastic bottles, plastic plates, plastic straws, certain types of sachets and plastic cups, etc.
However, though plastic waste is increasing at epidemic proportions and is becoming hazardous to the environment, denizens of the hill district expressed dismay over the complete ban on the usage of single-use plastic products. The proposed implementation requires an alternative solution, they said.
“The real change and transformation will happen with the change in our attitude and action. No legislation or law can bring about the desired change unless people embrace it and translate it to a reality,” said Akhan Awungshi, a local resident.
Moreover, local consumer firms, which use plastic in packaging their products, said that despite the ban on usage of single-use plastic, the government would try to curb the use or discourage use of plastic only on a voluntary basis.
On the other hand, some local entrepreneurs and self-help groups (SHGs) have started their ventures on designing and producing paper bags as an alternative to plastic carry bags.
The complete ban on single-use plastics will not only boost our business, but also will enhance our responsibility in protecting our environment, says Mungpamphy Ruivanao of Themchung SHG.