As commuters and car décor dealers are busy removing the black film from cars, what the authorities seemed to have forgotten is disposal of the non-bio-degradable black films, which are not re-useable.
There are about 650 car décor dealers in the city and most of them resorted to burning the black films on Friday morning as they did not know what to do with reams and reams of black film.
According to a dealer, who did not want to be named, there are as many as 650 car décor dealers in the city and each of them dealt with an average of 60 cars on Thursday. Also, the interesting fact is that it requires about 30 sqft of black film for any normal car.
A simple mathematical calculation clearly reveals that the city burnt down over 11.7 lakh sqft of black film on the first day of enforcement of the ban! “We are an enforcement machinery, in addition we are educating public.
It is the responsibility of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to take stock of the situation and take necessary steps!,” said PVS Ramakrishna, DCP (Traffic).
When contacted, WG Prasanna Kumar, spokesperson, APPCB, said “burning of coloured plastic or black films releases higly toxic chemicals called dioxins, furans and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are carcinogenic, and cause cancer. Such material will also have some amount of silver and heavy metals like Cadmium and Lead."