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PLASTIC BAGS MAY SOON FIND ITS WAY OUT FROM MUMBAI

mcgm-plasticsLike former Mayor Shubha Raul, Mayor Shraddha Jadhav too has decided to stress upon keeping Mumbai city clean and pollution free. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) is planning to impose a total ban on plastic bags in the metropolis, and will soon propose to the state government to amend the law for the purpose. In the year 2006, Mayor Datta Dalvi had presented a proposal of banning plastic bags less than 50 microns in the city, which was endorsed by the state Government as well. Usage of plastic bags less than 50 microns is not only prohibited in Mumbai but in the entire state. Then former Mayor Shubha Raul too showed her approval on banning the usage of plastic bags. Now, taking a step forward in the same direction, present Mayor Shraddha Jadhav has decided to ban plastic bags completely in Mumbai. Along with the citizens she has made an appeal to the media to participate in this campaign. She informed that before implementing the decision, the matter will be discussed with companies producing plastic bags. In the discussions, it will be cleared that plastic bags will not be produced further. She said that the companies and traders violating the rules will be penalized. Plastic bags had aggravated the flooding on July 26, 2005 in the city which had prompted the state government to ban polythene bags below 50 micron thickness under a law. MCGM will now promote use of paper and cloth bags as an environment-friendly alternative to plastic bags. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Hansraj Kanaujia for NMTV News.

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