Taking serious note of the selling of banned half litre drinking water bottles, the state pollution control board chairman Usham Deben shut down the Eastern Lily Industries (OPG) Pvt Ltd at the campus of Slopeland Public School, Khongjom.
After the statewide ban of plastic items below 120 microns and packaged drinking water bottle below one litre on March 31, a team led by the Manipur Pollution Control Board chairman Usham Deben Singh and assistant environmental engineer Bangajit Mayengbam along with Thoubal police and Khongjom police conducted the drive at various drinking water company at Thoubal.
During the drive at Eastern Lily at the campus of Slopeland Public School in Khongjom Saltlake, when the team found a large quantity of packaged drinking water bottle below one litre the team locked the establishment and shut down the operation.
The team also found the production of half litre packaged drinking water bottles at other companies including ‘Laija Eeshing’ at Wangjing and ‘M Enterprises’ at Tentha and seized the items for further necessary action.
At the drive, Usham Deben said that as the increase in plastic wastes deteriorates the health of our environment, the state authorities announced the ban of plastic items below 120 micron and packaged water bottle below one litre on March 31.
Despite the authorities’ efforts, the sales of such banned items continues, he added. He continued that the drive was conducted to curb such activities which are harmful to the environment, urging the people to extend their support in their efforts to save the environment.
As a part of the drive, the team also conducted an inspection drive at Khangembam Priya Stone Crusher.
Usham Deben mentioned that the team found the Khagembam Priya Stone Crusher functioning without a certificate from the Manipur Pollution Control Board. In this regard, the board will take up necessary actions, he added.