June 24 onwards, plastic would be banned in Maharashtra. There will be heavy penalties on the citizens founded breaking the rules and even government has already organised teams to check the violations. The Maharashtra Government had issued a notification wherein there is a ban on the manufacturing, usage, sale, distribution and storage of the all the plastic materials. All the single use disposable items like dishes, cups, plates, spoon, glasses etc would be banned.
On June 22, the civic body’s demand was rejected by the law panel of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) to reduce the minimum fine from Rs 5000 to Rs 200 but they denied and said that people carrying the banned plastic item will be from Rs 5000 to Rs 25,000.
A special task force including plastic manufactures’ associations, experts and government officials to come up with a solution to end the use of plastic in state informed by the state government to Bombay High Court on June 8.
Penality for 1st offence Rs 5k, for second offence it will be Rs 10k and for repeated offence it will be Rs 25000 and 3 months imprisonment. For non-compliance with the provisions of Maharashtra Non-biodegradable Garbage Control Act 2006 offence can be registered in COURT, tweeted by Deputy Municipal Commissioner Nidhi Choudhary.
There will be no ban on the plastic packaging for medical purpose.