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Maharashtra bans sale of liquor in plastic bottles effective April 1

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Sale of liquor in plastic bottles has been banned in Maharashtra with effect from April 1, the state government has told the Bombay high court.

A government resolution (GR) to this effect was issued on January 11, a pleader representing the state informed the bench headed by Justice V M Kanade that heard a PIL seeking a ban on sale of alcohol in plastic bottles on Tuesday.

The bench disposed of the PIL filed by Global Enviro Solutions, an NGO, saying that nothing survived in the PIL as the government had banned the sale of liquor in plastic bottles.

The PIL alleged that plastic material was soluble and migrated into the stored alcohol causing cancer.

The petitioner produced reports of National Test House, a government lab, to show that antimony (poisonous chemical) increases when liquor was stored in plastic bottles. Sanjay Gorwardkar and Sadhna Mahashabde, lawyers for Global Enviro Solutions, said that the Centre needs to consider the reports that the petitioners had produced.

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