Tea stalls and small eateries are utilizing plastic cups; civic physique is simply too busy with COVID-19 to implement ban
With the COVID-19 lockdown relaxed, single-use plastic objects, banned by the State authorities, appear to be flooding the markets from neighbouring States. Local our bodies have been too busy combating COVID-19 and have had no time to implement the ban.
From eating places to markets, banned plastic carry-bags, cups and straws have made a comeback. On January 1, 2019, the federal government banned single-use plastic objects. Since then, the native our bodies, particularly firms and municipalities, had carried out searches, seized these things and fined these promoting them.
As enforcement was missing, the merchandise have step by step returned. “Yes, I have started using plastic cups,” stated S. Mariappan, a tea vendor on Old Mahabalipuram Road. “When I reopened my shop after the lockdown was relaxed, customers refused to have tea in glasses, worried about COVID-19. So I was forced to switch to plastic cups,” he stated. Several different tea stall homeowners and even these promoting juices have embraced plastics. Many accommodations, primarily small eateries, are utilizing plastic cups.
On Sunday, plastic luggage have been discovered in lots of components of Chennai, together with in key areas like T. Nagar, Sowcarpet, Pondy Bazar, Saidapet and Koyambedu.
Vegetable distributors stated shoppers needed plastic carry-bags. “One of my regular customers, who usually carries a jute bag, has been insisting that I give a plastic bag. Since the market is crowded, he is worried about bringing his own bag. Customers can throw away the plastic bags once they reach home,” stated a vegetable vendor on Natesan Street.
A meat stall proprietor in Saidapet stated that after the 2019 ban, individuals introduced their very own containers and vessels, however now they needed hen/mutton wrapped in plastic luggage. “I managed to source the bags from shops in Pondy Bazaar and Sowcarpet,” he stated.
Most store homeowners utilizing the banned merchandise stated that native our bodies throughout the State had loads of different work due to the pandemic, and there was nobody to watch them.
‘Pandemic is priority’
“The government’s priority is COVID-19 and not plastics,” stated a dealer on Ranganathan Street, one of many busiest buying hubs in Chennai.
Asked how such enormous portions of plastic objects entered the market, S. Rakkappan, president of the Tamil Nadu Plastic Manufacturers’ Association, stated all factories that come beneath the affiliation had stopped making the banned merchandise. “These plastics that you see around are from the neighbouring States and Puducherry.”
Shopkeepers promoting the banned objects stated they have been sourcing them from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and areas close to Mumbai.
“There are a few units around Erode that send out these goods on lorries and tempos. With COVID-19, no one has time to monitor these vehicles,” stated a dealer from Pondy Bazaar. He stated it was not simply merchants, however even particular person shoppers have been shopping for plastics for his or her every day use.