The Charbagh Railway Station in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on August 28 witnessed a ban on bananas being sold at food stalls within the vicinity of the railway station. The ban is incorporated by the local authorities aimed at curbing the spreading of garbage at the platforms.
The authorities also warned that whoever will be found breaching the ban, strict action will be taken against them. However, vendors are unhappy with this move and believe that it will not only have a negative impact on their income but will pose problems for the poor as the banana is the fruit which is incredibly cheap.
A notice by the concerned authorities stated that anyone found violating the rules of the ban will face stern actions being sanctioned against them. The ban faced a few disapproving nods by sellers as the decision taken by the authorities will have a bad impact on the money they earn but it will act as a hindrance for the poor people as the banana is a very inexpensive fruit.
A seller at the Charbagh Station in Lucknow said, "I am not selling bananas from the past 5 to 6 days. The administration has banned its sale. Earlier, poor people use to buy bananas at least two to three times, but now most of the other fruits are expensive".
A passenger by the name of Ashish Kumar was disappointed over the decision that led to the ban of bananas. He said, "More than banana peels, it is the plastic waste which is making the platforms dirty. They must ban the selling of plastic products at the railway station. Banana waste is organic and harmless for the environment".
The initiative to make India clean has come a long way since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, 2014, to tackle the sanitation issue and management of waste by batting for hygienic conditions in India and Modi said that a Clean India would lead to a healthy economy in the coming years.
(With inputs from ANI)