Published On: Sat, May 25th, 2019
Published in Category: Peshawar

KP imposes ban on use of plastic bags

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PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has ordered a crackdown against manufacturing and use of plastic bags throughout the province in addition to imposition of ban on new constructions in tourist spot ‘Mahodhand Kalam.

The chief minister expressed his concern and displeasure over the ongoing use of plastic bags in various parts of the province, adding that relevant laws should be brought into use at once in order to curb the menace which has cost hefty not only in terms of environmental pollution but also by threatening human lives and biodiversity in the province.

He also directed the administration to take stern measures against all those factories who manufacture plastic without using biodegradable materials in addition to imposing heavy fines on people involved in importing plastic bags from other provinces.

While chairing a meeting on promotion of tourism in the province, Khan directed the Information & Public relations department to start an awareness campaign highlighting the relevant laws and penalties against the use of plastic bags in order to warn the manufacturers and shopkeepers in addition to educating the masses on the negative impacts of plastic bags on environment and biodiversity.

The KP CM further directed the Information & PRs Department to undertake measures in cooperation with the District Administrations for promoting the use of biodegradable shopping bags.

He issued directives to the District Administration to extend the crackdown campaigns against plastic bags manufacturers so that its production and use may be curtailed at source.

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