Tuesday, June 15

New Town market set for plastic-free makeover

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The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) will give 2,500-odd households in the area a free pair of cloth shopping bags in a bid to make local markets plastic free. A detail plan is being chalked up to start off the project from first week of April.

NKDA officials had visited the Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology (CIPET) in Haldia to explore alternative options for plastic. Following that visit, the authorities also held a meeting with shopkeepers, locals and representatives of an NGO to discuss the framework for a plastic-free market. The pilot project will be taken up first at CB block market in New Town.
“We’ve got to know from CB market shopkeepers that the items are being delivered to around 2,500 houses within the adjacent blocks who shop from the market. We will provide the cloth bags free to each and every household within this zone,” said NKDA chairman Debashis Sen. NKDA volunteers are expected to visit the houses every month to check and ensure that the cotton bags are being used to avoid plastics.

Officials said that those who will forget to bring the cloth bag for shopping will be asked by the volunteers to buy a cloth bag from a designated store before they can buy goods from the market. Those who will be following the rules most efficiently and effectively will be rewarded by the authorities by putting up their pictures on a ‘wall of fame’, to be set up at the entrance to the market. An NGO will also be doing the documentation regarding customers’ behaviour outside the market.

Source: Times of India

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