JAMMU, Oct 19: In a major crackdown today, J&K State Pollution Control Board (PCB) seized huge quantity of banned polythene carry bags and single use disposable items, made of non-biodegradable material by raiding the premises of a factory involved in the manufacturing of the same and seized all the material stored in two go-downs in Digiana area of Jammu city.
Official sources said that on receipt of specific inputs, a team of SPCB officials headed by BM Sharma, Member Secretary and comprising of Regional Director Jammu, Dr Syed Nadeem Hussain, Divisional Officer, Jammu (South), AB Jandial, Divisional Officer, Jammu (North), Arshad Nazir Malik and other officials, assisted by staff of Forest Protection Force, raided the premises of M/s Classic Packers Deshmesh Nagar, Digiana and seized massive quantity of illegal polythene and single use biodegradable disposable items.
The team during raid seized approximately 18 metric tons of banned material comprising of 10 metric ton of single use disposable items and 8 metric ton of banned polythene from the factory premises and its two godowns. The raid that continued till late night on Friday, even continued on Saturday as well.
Member Secretary, SPCB, Mr Sharma when contacted, informed that this was the biggest single catch made by PCB till date and is a major achievement ahead of the upcoming Diwali festival and ensuring wedding season, since the stocked material was about to be supplied to various banquet halls in Jammu province. Also, polythene below 50 microns was being produced and packed to be sold as legal polythene above 50 microns.
It is pertinent to mention here that polythene below 50 microns has been banned in J&K vide Govt SRO 45. The single use disposable items made of non-biodegradable items have also been banned vide SRO 231 within the State.
Mr Sharma said this seizure shall act as deterrent for other persons, units and traders involved in manufacturing , sale and purchase of illegal polythene and banned disposable items. He said the PCB shall continue such raids in future as well.