Plastic Ban in Maharashtra
Plastic Ban in Maharashtra

On the verge of making India clean and pollution free, Maharashtra government has banned the sale, use and manufacture of plastic. The law came into effect from 23rd June and was announced in March. For spreading awareness about the banned items all over the state, authorities are also planning to organize an 8 days campaign.

After a review meeting on the matter with the officials of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said the manufacturer who will work against the act will get a strong punishment. He added that common people and small traders will not be harassed for the same. However, for relaxation, the government have provided 3 months time to dispose of all of the banned items.

The ban list contains materials like one-time use bags, spoons, plates, PET, PETE bottles and thermocol items. For some exceptional cases Yuva Sena chief, Aaditya Thackeray said: “Once they(applicant) give the affidavit, their proposals will be forwarded to the empowered committee which will consider exempting them from the ban.”

The government also announced the penalty charges for the banned plastics. The fine for first-time offenders is RS. 5,000, second time faultier will have to pay Rs. 10,000. Violating the rule for the third time will attract a fine of Rs. 25,000 and imprisonment for three months. The environment minister stated that no one will be exempted from the fine policy for the violation.

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