The Greater Chennai Corporation officials sealed a footwear shop in Porur for using banned single-use plastic items. The shop was also functioning without a trade licence.
An official said that besides using banned items, the shop owners had also failed to avail trade licence, which is mandatory for running shops in the city.
“To conduct the raid, three special teams were formed in the zone, which raided shops in Nolambur, Maduravoyal, Porur, and major roads. From January 1 to December 5, officials of Valasaravakkam zone raided 31,773 shops and seized 18 tonnes of banned plastic items from 1,420 shops and collected around Rs 11 lakh as a penalty,” the official added.
Also, the civic body raided 37,526 shops in Kodambakkam zone till Thursday, and seized around 60 tonnes of banned plastics to collect Rs 8.47 lakh as penalty.
Overall, the civic officials have conducted raids at more than 3.60 lakh commercial establishments in the city and seized 311 tonnes of banned plastics till Friday.
More than Rs 88.97 lakh has been collected as penalty.