Residents of the city have not completely warmed to the ban, but overall there is an increase in the number of people using their own bags for shopping.
While speaking to Supportbiz, one of the manufacturers, Ghan Sham Singh Rawat said that it would be very difficult for them to recover from the losses as they had stagnant inventory of polythene bags below the thickness of 30 microns worth crores of rupees.
“Industrialists have not recovered from the losses and now the government is likely to impose a ban on the use of polythene bags below the thickness of 40 microns”, claimed President of PPBMA, Kulwinder Singh Dhingra.
He said that the government should at least give some time to plastic bag suppliers before updating the notification to avoid further losses.
Raj Khurana, a wholesaler at Gill Road who deals in polythene bags said that, he had to dispose off a part of his polythene bag inventory during the previous year taking a hit of around 30 percent.
“Government should lift this ban and should instead create awareness among the public to stop using plastic bags”, said Khurana.
Joginder Singh, a shopkeeper at Model Town said that they have stopped purchasing banned polythene bags and always order for nylon bags or the bags with 30 micron thickness. “We don’t want to be in the list of defaulters and would like to follow the rules properly.”
A resident of Sarabha Nagar, Sunita Verma said that it was a good step by the government as it would minimize the use of plastic bags in the city. All of my friends and relatives are following this rule and carry our own bags while moving around in the city.
Meanwhile, executive engineer of the Punjab Pollution Control Board Karunesh Garg said that his department had conducted several raids to check for illegal manufacturing and sale of the banned polythene bags.