Saturday, October 9, 2010 Gurgaon – (City Plus)
In their own little ways, residents of Gurgaon are turning environment friendly and tacking problems of cleanliness and usage of polythene bags.
Rita Aiyar has come up with the concept of E-bags, which are in a fabric called Tafetta and one can carry up to 5-6 kilos easily depending upon the volume. Even its washing is very easy. Just rinsing with water is sufficient and it dries within minutes. These bags are priced at Rs 25 each. Rita is looking out for help from RWAs of DLF and condominiums so that people should get out of the bags.
Sudhir Kapoor, general secretary of DLF city RWA says “We are ready to help such an initiative but residents should understand their responsibilities also. “Haryali, an NGO has also undertaken a similar initiative to make people aware about not using polybags. Vivek Kamboj, founder of Harylai has got jute bags prepared and is distributing them free of cost to RWAs and social activists of Gurgaon to spread the message. Vivek points out, “We are distributing these beautiful jute bags as we don’t want people to use paper bags. It is because they are used only once and paper is made by cutting trees.
So jute is a good option for bags. Though these bags have got a layer of plastic, it is very little. They are reusable and would last for a year, depending on usage”.
Is MCG sleeping over polybag ban?
It was announced by municipal corporation of Gurgaon in June that people carrying plastic bags of less than 40 mm and less than 12 by 18 inch will be challaned for Rs 500. Shopkeepers giving out plastic bags will be levied fine of Rs 2500-5000.
A special drive was carried out in the month of June and Municipal commissioner RK Khullar issued notices regarding this. The drive was planned to make the city environment-friendly and free from plastic bags but till now there has been no check on the usage of plastic bags.