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February 12, 2020 07:06:00 |

Polythene remains

Polythene may be a non-biodegradable pollutant, but the issue of polythene pollution in Jammu and Kashmir has become indefeasible. With just Srinagar Municipal Committee (SMC) seizing the polythene every now and then, we may never get rid of the material whose perils everyone is aware of. It does not need special surveys or calculations to compare the figures; in fact the officials and authorities on whom the responsibility to curb the menace rests can’t provide any. If they do, then the question as why they failed to seize it would come to fore. Polythene is a banned material in J&K, so to say. However, the law and its enforcement have become a mockery with polythene bags circulating in almost all marketplaces in the state. The government with occasional hiccups comes to action with meaningless overdrives where a negligible portion is seized and for the record. How stringent the enforcement authorities are round the clock and throughout the year is in the know of all. It is unlikely that large dispatches of the material would go unnoticed and unchecked. Even if that happens it clearly indicates how vigilant the authorities are. Authorities every now and then The clique to fight against polythene use has seen a number of players apart from the support provided by locals who share the concern. However, from results of anti-polythene drives, camps and directions, it is best a cliché to show that people are still concerned, if not working in earnest. In April, 2011, the then Minister for Forests and Environment, MianAltaf Ahmad had called for a strict implementation of ban on polythene and directed the Pollution Board to enforce the norms ruthlessly. The ruthlessness and how much willing people are to give up its use are before us. Here in Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities are not even able to curb the easy disposable bags, banning such products is out of question.

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February 12, 2020 07:06:00 |

Polythene remains

              

Polythene may be a non-biodegradable pollutant, but the issue of polythene pollution in Jammu and Kashmir has become indefeasible. With just Srinagar Municipal Committee (SMC) seizing the polythene every now and then, we may never get rid of the material whose perils everyone is aware of. It does not need special surveys or calculations to compare the figures; in fact the officials and authorities on whom the responsibility to curb the menace rests can’t provide any. If they do, then the question as why they failed to seize it would come to fore. Polythene is a banned material in J&K, so to say. However, the law and its enforcement have become a mockery with polythene bags circulating in almost all marketplaces in the state. The government with occasional hiccups comes to action with meaningless overdrives where a negligible portion is seized and for the record. How stringent the enforcement authorities are round the clock and throughout the year is in the know of all. It is unlikely that large dispatches of the material would go unnoticed and unchecked. Even if that happens it clearly indicates how vigilant the authorities are. Authorities every now and then The clique to fight against polythene use has seen a number of players apart from the support provided by locals who share the concern. However, from results of anti-polythene drives, camps and directions, it is best a cliché to show that people are still concerned, if not working in earnest. In April, 2011, the then Minister for Forests and Environment, MianAltaf Ahmad had called for a strict implementation of ban on polythene and directed the Pollution Board to enforce the norms ruthlessly. The ruthlessness and how much willing people are to give up its use are before us. Here in Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities are not even able to curb the easy disposable bags, banning such products is out of question.