Bhubaneswar: Continuing its strike against illegal use of polythene and plastics for packaging the special squad of the North Zone of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with the Special Squad of Bhubaneswar Development Authority today seized 5 kg of polythene and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on Apollo Pharmacy in Damana Square.
The action against the illegal use of polythene/plastic was carried out under the leadership of Zonal Deputy Commissioner Pramod Kumar Prusty. “We are continuing our efforts to make the city polythene/plastic free and we hope that business establishments should act voluntarily and shun the use of the materials banned by the civic authorities,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the special enforcement squad of the North Zone also issued 220 notices to different shop owners and business establishments for not using Odia signage and hoarding as per the order of the State Government.
In the recent past, it was decided that BMC will coordinate the activity among commercial establishments and shops to use Odia language on their signboards within the Corporation limits as per the provisions under the Odisha Shops and Commercial Establishments (Amendment) Act, 2018, passed by the Odisha Legislative Assembly on May 25, 2018.
Priority Road Sans Encroachment
BMC Deputy Commissioner (Enforcement) Subhranshu Mishra has urged the people and vendors along the 80-km priority road network to try to be self-disciplined and keep the roadside and footpaths free from encroachments.
“In the wake of the coming World Cup Hockey we expect that people should behave as responsible citizens and make their vicinity clean and beautiful so that the visitors would find the city smart, clean and sportive,’’ he added.
However, the Deputy Commissioner Enforcement added that to check illegal act by the encroachers the civic body has formed a team of 8 special squads to keep the priority road network free from encroachment during the hockey tournament.