Polythene bags to be banned in Dehradun from July 17

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand's capital will see a blanket ban on the use of polythene bags by July 17, and violators will have to cough up steep spot fine of up to Rs 5,000. An order to this effect was passed earlier this week. This was city municipal commissioner Harak Singh Rawat's first project to clean up Dehradun. Speaking to TOI, he said, "This time, we will be strict and spot fines will be enforced." Rawat added, "During monsoon the drains get choked with plastic bags and overflow. The non-biodegradable material is harmful for the environment. This drive is a step towards controlling the menace and after July 17, we will make sure Dehradun is polythene-free."

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