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Drive after fire makes New Market no-plastic zone

KOLKATA: Contrary to the scenes at Gariahat, the place plastic sheets have made a comeback, hawking areas near New Market had been made ‘no-plastic’ zones. A continuing force through a joint crew of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and New Market police station has pressured majority of hawkers in the New Market house to shun plastic sheets as a hearth prevention measure. Pleased with the initiative of a piece of officers of New Market police station, the civic management has issued a letter of appreciation. The letter addressed to deputy commissioner of police (central) was despatched a fortnight in the past.

According to a KMC market department legit, this joint crew started a continuing anti-plastic marketing campaign in areas such as Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Bertram Street, Lindsay Street, Humayun Place, Corporation Street and Finwick Bazar Street among others two months in the past after the Gariahat market fireplace. The marketing campaign bore fruit as a piece of the hawkers at Grand Arcade regularly started putting off plastic sheets.

However, the KMC and police had to play cover and search with a piece of hawkers at Bertram Street and Lindsay Street. The New Market law enforcement officials then determined to act tough against the errant hawkers. “Having did not create an consciousness among a piece of hawkers, we determined to spherical them up to teach them a lesson. This punitive technique worked neatly as increasingly hawkers followed the ‘no-plastic’ norm through the civic best brass,” mentioned a civic legit. According to a Kolkata Police officer, over 50 hawkers from the New Market house had been taken into police custody and later released on bail for flouting regulations.

Hawkers in the house gave a mixed response to the joint force that has been going for over two months. While Taufiq Jamal, a ready-made clothes supplier at Grand Arcade, hailed the no-plastic marketing campaign, Iqbal Ahmed, a hawker who sells leather baggage on Bertram Street, condemned police “high-handedness’’. “We are waiting to cooperate with the KMC and police. But the law enforcement officials are going beyond their jurisdiction. They are getting too tough with us unnecessarily,” Ahmed complained on Thursday.

S S Hogg Market Traders’ Association president Ashok Gupta lauded the initiative through the KMC and Kolkata Police. But he also expressed apprehension that the force might not remaining lengthy and a piece of hawkers would take the advantage. “It is very good that the police and civic officers have become energetic in putting off plastics from New Market. In fact, I have written to the CM’s workplace, city police commissioner, mayor, municipal commissioner concerning the plastic risk. But my concern is that plastic sheets will go back in absence of a sustained force,” Gupta mentioned. However, a KMC market department legit made it transparent that the marketing campaign would move on.

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