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Despite the ban, the use of plastic is common at rallies and campaigns, with no cases recorded

Image used for representational purposes only.

Image used for representational purposes only. (Express illustrations)

BENGALURU: Despite a ban on the use of single-use plastic, it is still seen in several political campaigns and rallies. However, not a single case has been filed against political parties, candidates or the organizers of such events as the authorities concerned are busy with election duties.

The use of single-use plastics is prohibited under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986. The Solid Waste Management Rules of Karnataka also prohibit their use. There are also guidelines from the Election Commission of India on not using plastic during campaigns and rallies.

Experts say it is the duty and responsibility of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to ensure that there is no use of plastic while allowing political events.

A senior BBMP marshal said, “The rules are being spread in Karnataka, including the state capital Bengaluru. Waste separation only takes place in a few places. There is little or no control over the management of plastic waste in public places. While plastic bottles are collected and recycled, little attention is paid to flexes and banners.”

A senior KSPCB official said, “It is up to the BBMP to ensure that the rules are followed. So far, no one has filed a complaint against any political party, candidate or organizer.” A senior BBMP official said that since most of the staffers are on election duty, no action has been taken so far. “We will investigate it and take action if there is any complaint,” the official added.