Haridwar, January 6
The anti-polythene drive launched by the Municipal Corporation has started to have an impact in the city. Six days since the initiation of the drive, both traders and consumers can be seen opting for eco-friendly options in place of polythene goods.

Sale of jute bags and paper bags is on the rise int he city. Owing to the drive, polythene garbage in the city has reduced to a great extent.
Talking to The Tribune. City Magistrate Jeevan Singh Nambiyal polythene bags had been confiscated from many traders in the city. Traders have also been warned against stocking of polythene bags.
Nambiyal said to make the pilgrim city clean and green, shunning of polythene was important.
Chief Executive Officer of the Municipal Corporation Harshwardhan Mishra said various teams had been formed in the city to conduct impromptu checking drives.
“Various teams are working in the city to make sure polythene bags are not used. We have also been working towards generating awareness about negative impact of polythene bags. In this, educational institutes and social organisations are also helping us,” said Mishra.
The National Service Scheme’s (NSS) anti-polythene drive at Gurukul Mahavidyalaya, Jwalapur, is also making an impact in the city. In a camp being held at Jamalpur Kalan, students are generating awareness among people in this regard.
NSS programme officer Sushil Kumar Tyagi pointed out that penalisation or legal laws alone would not curb the menace. Awareness among people was equally important, said Tyagi.
Uday Ram Semwal of Brijwasi Sweets, Ranipur Mod-Chandracharya chowk, said he had disposed of the polythene stock and had purchased jute bags, which are eco-friendly and recyclable.

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