SRINAGAR: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has sought public support to curb polythene smuggling and its distribution, asking citizens to play their part effectively to end the menace.
Displaying polythene bag seizures from March this year at the Corporation headquarters, SMC Commissioner, G N Qasba said targeting the source remains a challenge with the present recoveries achieved by different SMC Wards recovered 30.42 quintals of this banned substance mostly from street vendors.
“Street vendors still remain a vibrant market for the smugglers, but our challenge target the nexus of how this banned commodity is entering the city and reaching the vendors,” he said.
Qasba, during a press briefing, admitted that there have not been any major recoveries during this period, even though they are acting tough against the vendors with 23 prosecution carried during this time with Rs 19,600 recovered as fine from offenders.
“We want to discourage the use of this banned substance and are counseling people for the use of alternatives,” he said, adding that they are ready to act if they get any lead into any smuggling.
The Corporation officials said that their past experience in tackling the market linkage to vendors revealed that the main smugglers sought assistance from handicapped people who were acting as conduits in illegal trade.
Asking for peoples support, Qasba said that people support is necessary as his insufficient staff cannot curb the menace in the city.
“Ladakh region is an example to follow were people themselves have discarded the use of polythene and shifted to alternatives” he said.
However, one of the officials told Kashmir Reader that breakthrough into a major recovery may elude the corporation till it remunerates the informers substantially practice employed in the past.