Kohima leading the way for a plastic free Nagaland

(Kohima DTF along with NGOs carried out massive checking exercise on banned single use plastic today. Photo: DIPR)

Kohima, October 4 (NE): In what can be described as a decisive move towards banning of all single use plastics in the State Capital the Kohima District Task Force on total ban of single use plastic conducted a checking and confiscation exercise covering the whole of Kohima town today, October 4, 2019.

The Kohima District Task force on total ban of single use plastic comprising of members from the district administration and various other departments and NGOs conducted the checking exercise with the objective of sensitizing the general public on the total ban imposed on all single use plastic products and also to restrict all shops within the Kohima jurisdiction from selling and using plastic bags, mineral water bottles below 2ltrs, Styrofoam cups and plates, plastic cups, forks and spoons and a number of other single use non-biodegradable plastic products.

The Kohima District Task Force on total ban of single use plastics conducted the checking exercise with its members divided into four teams, each covering different areas and was assisted by various public organizations. The teams also distributed paper bags and even approached pedestrians and shoppers using plastic bags and made them aware of the ban imposed and handed out paper bags as replacement for their plastic bags.

A large number of shops were caught still selling the banned single use plastic products. The erring shopkeepers were let off with a formal warning and no fines were levied but the banned products were all confiscated by the teams for disposal. Future defaulters would be facing more severe penalties which would involve fines and even cancellation of trade licenses.

With the Government of Nagaland working tirelessly to make Nagaland a plastic free state, the efforts of the Kohima District Task Force on total ban on single use plastics is indeed a welcome sight and hopefully the rest of the state would follow suit. The district administration also greatly acknowledged the active participation of the various civil societies and NGOs under Kohima District without whose support and co-operation the plastic free campaign would have been a failure right from the start.

The checking exercise, the first in the state has indeed put the focus back on Kohima, the state Capital, which is leading the fight against plastic pollution by example and hopefully the rest of the State would follow in its footsteps in the days to come. Kohima is finally moving forward in its bid to become a Smart City with Smart People.

(News Source: DIPR)