Mangalore: Dakshina Kannada district is on the verge in banning the use of plastic like plastic shopping bags, plastic drink cups and many other plastic items. DK is following in the footsteps of Chikmagalur who have introduced the ban on plastic use. So pretty soon, next time you shop at a grocery or a departmental store chances are you will not hear, " Sir/ Maam, do you prefer plastic bag or paper bag?" or you don't have to shell out extra two, three or five rupees towards plastic carrybags. Those days will be here soon, when you'll have to carry your own cloth shopping bags or totes.
CT Ravi, after assuming charge as Minister for Higher Education and District-in-Charge during his maiden visit to the district has assured that he is ready to put a ban on usage of plastic shopping bags, cups, sheets, etc; in the district. According to reports the minister has said, " We have no equipment and mechanism to check thickness of the plastic. so, we have decided to ban all types of carry bags, including those measuring above 40 microns." The minister has advised Deputy Commissioner NS Channappa Gowda to issue a circular on this matter. Ban on sale and use of plastic was imposed in Chikmagalur when NS Channappa was Deputy Commissioner of Chikmagalur district.
Minister CT Ravi has also challenged that the government is ready to face any obstacles, in case plastic manufacturers approach court on this issue.