In a proactive move this Diwali season, the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation has launched a rigorous campaign against plastic use. Following the orders of Municipal Commissioner Anilkumar Pawar, a significant operation took place on Sunday morning in the ‘D’ ward of the municipality at Achola’s Mahavir Dham Society. Led by Assistant Commissioner Sukhdev Darveshi, this operation resulted in the seizure of a whopping six tons of banned plastic.
The shop owner, Vinod Mali, in the godown at Mahavir Dham Society in Nallasopara-Achola, was found storing a substantial quantity of prohibited plastic. As per reports, Mali had concealed the plastic items for illegal sale.
Upon closer inspection, the authorities discovered various plastic items such as bags, cutlery, and more, totaling around 235 large sacks, which weighed more than 50 kilograms each. These items were estimated to have a market value of approximately eight lakh rupees. Following a thorough inventory check, the seized plastic was confiscated, and a fine of ten thousand rupees was imposed on shop owner Vinod Mali.
This wasn’t the first time that this shop had come under scrutiny for its involvement in illegal plastic trade. Despite previous actions against it, Vinod Mali had continued to openly sell banned plastic through this store.
The municipal corporation had launched a stringent campaign against plastic much earlier, but even after such measures, banned plastic was openly available in the market through the shop owned by Mali. The crackdown that took place under Sukhdev Darveshi’s leadership marks the fourth such operation by the municipality.
This initiative has not only yielded a significant amount of confiscated plastic but has also led to substantial fines. The Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation is determined to put an end to the illegal plastic trade and encourage eco-friendly practices in the community.
The recent action is part of a broader effort to reduce plastic waste and pollution in Vasai-Virar and promote environmental sustainability. The authorities are taking these steps to protect the environment, wildlife, and human health from the harmful effects of plastic pollution.
In the wake of this development, it is crucial to understand the detrimental impact of plastic on our environment. Plastic pollution is a pressing global issue that has far-reaching consequences. Plastic waste can take hundreds of years to decompose, and during this time, it poses a severe threat to ecosystems, marine life, and even human health.