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The Pollution Control Board has
been established as a regulatory authority for implementing variious pollution control laws. The board is committed to provide polloution free environment to the people of state. The Board has undertaken various studies of underground water, solil and air to take remedial steps to control pollution.

   Use of poly carry bags banned in state Below 8-12 inch in size and 20 micron thick

In a significant move towards checking pollution due to waste plastic material, the State Government following the directives of the Forest and Environment Ministry, Government of India, has banned the sale and use of  plastic carry bags of less than 8-12 inch size and below 20 micron thickness in the state. The State Environment Department Secretary and Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board chairman Vivek Dhand informed in a press release that the sale and use of plastic carry bags of thickness below 20 micron was banned under the provisions of Recycle Plastic Manufacture and Usage Rule, 1999 by the Government of India. However, certain amendments have been brought about in this rule recently according to which in addition of 20 micron limit of thickness, a provision has been incorporated to limit the size as well. Now the sale and use of plastic carry bags less than 8-12 inch size is also prohibited, informed Dhand. Elaborating on other provisions of the rule, Dhand said the minimum weight of 50 plastic carry bags should be 105 grams. He said besides ensuring strict enforcement of the rule, the State Environment Department would also ensure that no food material is stored, carried distributed or packed in the recycled plastic material.

According to Dhand, the plastic carry bags and utensils should be in their natural or white colour. More over, as per the amendment in the rule, now it is mandatory for all the manufacturers of carry bags, be it of the fresh or recycled plastic, to get the registration of their production unit renewed by the Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board. Those found to be violating all these norms will be liable to punishment as per provisions.

Undoubtedly, plastic, which is ubiquitous and indispensable and indispensable material in the modern society, has posed a major threat to our environment. While the plastic waste chokes the sewerage system in the urban areas, it destroys the fertility of the fields also. Due to non-biodegradable nature of plastic, there is no other way but to avoid the use of it as much as possible.