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’Plastic ban violations can now be reported via Smart City App’

Islamabad: Smart City App now allows Islamabad citizens to report retailers and manufacturers who violate the citywide ban on plastic bags.

The state minister for climate change, Zartaj Gul, announced on March 19,2021 at a press conference, highlighting the key initiatives taken by the government to manage the country’s climate.

Minister Zartaj Gul explained that a separate domain has been added to the City,Islamabad app to guide users through a step-by-step complaint registration process. Once finalized, the complaint is sent directly to the relevant department of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC).

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The minister also informed the media that a joint raid team from the MoCC, the ICT administration, the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency, the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (MCI) and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) inspected and arrested, more than 900 dealers, restaurants and factories so far to enforce the ban.

She added that more than 3.5 tons of plastic bags and related material have been seized and the fines exceed Rupees. 2.75 million were imposed on delinquents.

Since Islamabad’s regulations against the use of plastic bags were imposed nearly 16 months ago, protecting the environment has become a hot topic for both government officials and social activists.

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In principle, the government reserves the right to impose a fine of Rs. 5,000 against individuals found carrying plastic bags. Resellers can be fined Rs. 10,000 and manufacturers Rs. 100,000 to ensure the strict enforcement of the ban.

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