Government monitors ban on use of polythene bags

The government has started monitoring implementation of the ban on use of polythene bags in Kathmandu Valley from today.
The government has banned the use of polythene bags from the Nepali New Year day yesterday.
A joint team of the Department of Environment, Nepal Police, Kathmandu Metropolis and Lalitpur Sub-Metropolis monitored various parts of the valley. The team during a monitoring at Asan and Kalimati of Kathmandu and Krishna Mandir area of Lalitpur seized 300 kg of polythene bags from Asan, while 25 kg from Kalimati and 10 kg from Krishna Mandir area, according to the department.
The polythene bags were seized from Thanapati Trader of Lalitpur, Adhikari Plastic Suppliers and Regmi Plastic Suppliers at Kalimati, and Rakki Plastic Suppliers at Asan, among others. “Proprietors of the suppliers would be called at the Department on April 22 and 23 and they would be charged from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 as fine,” deputy director general at the Department Rup Narayan Bhattarai said, adding that both the monitoring and public awareness programme would also be carried out together till the first week of May.
“The ministry has prioritised on creating public awareness to prevent general people from facing action,” Environment Division chief at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Mahendra Man Gurung said.