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Siliguri anti-plastic drive

Siliguri, June 11: The Siliguri Municipal Corporation has resumed its drive against use of plastic bags from yesterday.

Today, a civic team visited Bidhan Market and fined around 12 shopkeepers for using plastic bags.

“We have been conducting raids since yesterday. Today, we raided Bidhan Market and seized plastic bags weighing around 6kg. Over Rs 6,000 was collected as fine,” S.W. Bhutia, SMC commissioner, said.

A shopkeeper found using plastic bags will have to pay a fine of Rs 500 and anyone carrying such a bag would have to pay Rs 50 as penalty.

Yesterday, a person carrying a plastic bag in New Jalpaiguri gate market was fined.

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board had imposed the ban over five years ago.

Balurghat ban

Balurghat municipality on Wednesday seized plastic bags and other items during its first drive to make the town plastic-free. The ban on plastic items below 40 microns was imposed on June 5. Shopkeepers would be fined Rs 500 and anyone carrying such bags would have to pay Rs 300.