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Demand-supply gap brings plastic bags back in Amritsar 

Amritsar: The Punjab Pollution Control Board’s initiative to use eco-friendly carry bags at the Golden Temple and in the holy city has suffered a roadblock due to a demand-and-supply gap.From April 1, biodegradable carry bags were introduced to give “karah parshad” and “pinni parshad”.A random check at the Golden Temple revealed that though there was adequate availability of eco-friendly bags for “karah parshad”, the “pinni parshad” was not being packed in these.Officials said due to some “technical snag”, the requisite stock of eco-friendly bags could not be arranged for “pinni parshad”. About using the banned polythene bags, an official said, “The packing of pinni parshad at the Golden Temple had been hit as the size of new eco-friendly bags was not commensurate with the packing machine’s specification,” he said.Similarly, in the holy city only 10 per cent success could be achieved over the ban. Against an estimated requirement of around 35-40 tonnes of bags in a month, the supply was restricted to just 4 tonnes of bags.Officials said the reason was that the firms certified by the Central Pollution Control Board for manufacturing and supplying these bags were unable to meet the demand.

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