STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: J&K State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) on Tuesday conducted a raid at Best Price, Modern Wholesale and Departmental Stores at Tophsherkhania and seized about 1.5 tons of banned polythene.
On the instructions of Member Secretary J&K SPCB, B.M Sharma, special task force headed by Regional Director Jammu, J.N Sharma raided the premises of Best Price (Walmart) at Tophsherkhania and found that polythene having thickness less than 50 microns is being used for packaging at the backyard of the premises.
On scientific investigation done at site, the team found that they were using packaging material even less than 20 to 23 microns, which is an offence and violation of government orders and standing directions besides use of such material is an environmental hazard and risk to environment and health of common man when it is thrown in the environment. The packaging material seized thus was about 1.5 tons in weight. The illegal material is seized and seizure memo is served to the representative of Best Price, Sumit, Store Manager.
The Regional Director Jammu appealed to the traders, manufacturers, stocking and persons using such banned material to cooperate with the authorities in eradication of use of such material as it has been banned vide SRO-45 issued by the J&K Government so that eco-fragile environment of the State can be protected.
As per the standing instructions of B.M Sharma, special task force was constituted under the supervision of Regional Director Jammu, J.N Sharma comprising three Divisional Officers viz Divisional Officer PCB Jammu North, T.S Chib, Divisional Officer PCB Jammu South, Badder Hussain and Divisional Officer PCB Samba North, Deepak Abrol, Dr. Yash Pal Scientist ‘B’ besides Engineers Arshad Malik, Surinder Tripathi, Anupam Kaul, Chander Kotwal and Field Inspectors Naveed Chowdhary, Dimple Sharma, Pankaj Chadha and Narayan Thakur. The team was assisted by Vikram Gupta, Legal Assistant.
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