Three major Ctg markets declared polyethylene free
The Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) has declared three major port city markets polyethylene free.
The city’s mayor, Rezaur Karim Chowdhury, inaugurated the program on Monday, with the decision taking effect on December 1. The three markets are the markets of Chawkbazar, Kazir Dewri and Karnaphuli.
City Councilor Gias Uddin told TBS: âDrains, canals and rivers are filling up from the spill of used polyethylene. This causes congestion in the city during the monsoon.
He added that over the next month, CCC will provide fabric bags and mesh bags as an alternative to polyethylene in all three markets.
CCC secretary Khaled Mahmud said his officials have held meetings with market business leaders in recent months. Everyone has agreed to stop using polyethylene and if a trader uses it after Wednesday, the CCC mobile court will take action against them.
According to CCC sources, two security guards will be deployed in each market to secure the polyethylene-free directive.
In addition, volunteers from Better Future Bangladesh, Volunteers for Bangladesh and Cyclone Preparedness Program-CPP will assist the CCC in this regard. Volunteers will visit the markets for the next ten days to alert buyers and sellers of the new directive and monitor whether polyethylene is used.
Monthly awareness programs, using loudspeakers, banners and festoons, will be organized.
In addition, regular mobile hearings will be organized.
Neighborhood advisers in the neighborhoods under which the markets are located will also monitor the situation around the clock.
The Environmental Protection Act prohibits the production and marketing of polyethylene. Anyone who produces polyethylene can be fined 10 lakh Tk or 10 years in prison, or both. Anyone who markets polyethylene can be fined 10,000 Tk or six months in prison.