Although Municipal Commissioner, Dinesh Chandra Singh has been trying his best to stop the traders from using polythene while selling their wares, this plastic ban is easily being flouted in the weekly markets held in the city it seems. The latest in point is the Som Bazar (Monday Market) in Vasundhara that sets shop every Monday near Sector 15 & 17 of Vasundhara. Here vegetable and fruit vendors are freely using polythene bags and also dirtying the Sector 17 drain by dumping the leftovers while leaving every Monday night. This weekly market then moves on to some other place in Vasundhara or Vaishali and the same story goes on.
The vendors when asked why they sold in polythene bags said these were cheaper and stronger than cloth bags and were easily available but declined to tell from where.
The Som Bazar that used to be a small market some years’ back is a big market now and is one main source of pollution especially the vegetable and fruit waste that chokes drains and attracts cattle and monkeys. In fact, the same Vasundhara Sectors—15 & 17—have chronic problem of monkeys.
Despite in existence for many years the market has escaped attention of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam it seems.