The complete ban on plastic in the state has officially come into effect. If you are caught carrying a plastic bag today, you will have to fork out Rs 5,000 as fine.
“We will ensure that the common man and small traders are not harassed and penalized. However, wilful offences will be penalized,” assured state environment minister Ramdas Kadam.
As per the provision, the first offence of using plastic bags will invite a fine of Rs 5,000; the penalty stands at Rs 10,000 for the second offence while the third offence calls for a fine of Rs 25,000 and three months imprisonment.
Local civic bodies and government officials are authorized to take actions against offenders.
On Friday, Kadam convened a review meeting, which was attended by Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray and government officials. Kadam said that industrial users of plastic had assured that they would recycling the material. “We had also asked retailers and wholesalers to submit plans for disposal of banned items. We don’t want to see plastic littered on the road,” he said.
Youth groups had asked for exemption on thermocol for Ganeshotsav. “If they give an affidavit in writing, taking responsibility for collecting and disposing the material, we will put forth a proposal at meeting where the final decision will be taken,” Kadam said.
A plastic bag in public will invite a fine of Rs 5,000 as the first offence
It’s a penalty of Rs 10,000 for the second offence
Third violation invites a fine of Rs 25,000 and 3 months imprisonment