Shillong(Meghalaya),Aug 14 : Ïewduh, the largest and oldest market in the Khasi Jaintia Hills has been made a ‘No Plastic Zone’.
A decision was taken by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) in a meeting convened by the executive member in charge Trade Paul Lyngdoh and executive member in charge market Jambor War with the Dorbar of Hima Mylliem led by its acting Syiem Ainam Manik Syiem here .
“The use of plastic bags in Ïewduh has been banned as it has been declared a No Plastic Zone,” Lyngdoh informed after this meeting.
He also said that the use of leaves, organic bags and other biodegradable products as alternative to plastic bags will be encouraged.
Those shops found to be in violation of this ban will be penalized to the extent of having their trading license cancelled besides a penalty as per the provisions of the Protection of Environment Act.
Lyngdoh also said that there will be wide publicity about this decision in strategic locations. Awareness programmes on the harmful effects of plastic on the environment will also be held.
On another note, Lyngdoh has informed that a cold storage facility will be set up to store perishable items sold in Ïewduh.
“A committee has been constituted to find a suitable location at Ïewduh or its vicinity for this cold storage,” Lyngdoh said while informing that the Council would submit a proposal to the government of India to sanction funds for the project.
He also did not rule out the possibility of private players being brought in to set up this cold storage facility.
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