Monday, June 25, 2018

Lack of options pushes vendors to violate plastic ban


PUNE: Purchasing over a kg of mangoes from a makeshift stall in Wanowrie can get you a plastic bag, though preferably after sunset. “There is a risk, but then we do take risks all the time. We have set up our stall in an unauthorized place and always have problems with the police. We know about the ban, but then our business is small. We can’t afford to spend additional money for other forms of carry bags. Paper bags can’t be used for heavy fruits like apple, orange or mango or semi wet fruits such as grapes,” said a vendor.

He, however, admitted that precaution is a must for them. “We first ask the customers if they have brought a bag with them. If they are buying fruits in small amounts, we do not encourage then. But if someone has bought 2kg of mangoes, it is not wise to deny the bags as they will visit another shop. We are giving them plastic bags, preferably during evening hours,” he said.

Along Salunke Vihar Road, a couple was on Sunday spotted trying to convince an ice cream seller about something. Within minutes, the seller was seen bringing out a small plastic bag, packing a few ice cream cups in a hurry and handing it over to the couple. “What can I do? They are my regular customers. And they were buying nine cups of ice cream. They should have brought a bag, but then they forgot. And being a businessman, I can’t let a customer go, ” he told.

At the food court of Amanora Town Centre, salespersons at a north Indian snack stall was seen packing a plate of food in a plastic disposable bowl and then putting it in a plastic bag for a customer. As reporter asked them about the ban, one of them said, “I can’t say anything on the ban.”


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