Bhubaneswar: Following the directive of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Odisha government has expedited process to bring out a specific notification to impose a ban on the use of plastic from October 2.
A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi was held in this regard at the Secretariat conference hall today wherein Additional Chief Secretary, Forest and Environment Suresh Chandra Mohapatra outlined various dimensions of the proposed notification.
As per announcement of the Chief Minister, it was decided to frame specific notification banning the use of plastic and harmful thermocol in five corporations areas and heritage town of Puri.
Considering the present situation and various suggestions, Chief Secretary Padhi directed to promote wider social acceptance against the use of plastic through intensive Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities at each ULB level. Padhi also directed to make proper arrangement for collection of plastics and other polythene wastes in different localities of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Puri ULBs.
Development Commissioner Balakrishnan advised to enforce the provisions through concerted action, imposition of fines and booking of judicial proceedings.
It was decided to finalise the provisions of the notification within two weeks and hoist it in public domain inviting suggestions and objections. Chief Secretary Padhi directed to incorporate all suggestions received in preparing the final draft and place it for government approval by mid-September.
The themes like the adverse impact of indiscriminate use and mismanagement of plastic waste, existing plastic and harmful thermocol waste management, observations of High Court in the matter, existing provisions for enforcement of the law, methods and strategies to enforce the proposed notifications were deliberated in the meeting.
Senior officers of different departments and experts present in the meeting put forth their considered views. It was decided to bring out the notification using the powers vested with State Government under the Environment (Protection) Act. 1986. The experts opined to ban the use of carrying bags and single as plastics as well as thermocol in the first phase as these are rampantly used in ULBs.