Ban On Plastic Carry Bags: Gudi Padwa To Mark A New Beginning For Maharashtra

Ban On Plastic Carry Bags: Gudi Padwa To Mark A New Beginning For Maharashtra

State Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam recently announced that a ban on all types of plastic carry bags will be imposed next year immediately after the spring festival of Gudi Padwa
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Maharashtra To Celebrate Its New Year-Gudi Padwa By Banning Plastic Carry Bags, Citizens ‘Thrilled’

New Delhi: Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam has announced a ban on all kinds of plastic carry bags immediately after Gudi Padwa, a spring-time festival that marks the traditional New Year for Marathi Hindus. Post March-April next year only eco-friendly bags as an alternative to plastic ones can be used in the markets. Various organisations have been asked to come up with proposals on alternatives to plastic bags, said Mr Kadam after chairing a meeting in the state secretariat on September 12.

“After Gudi Padwa, plastic carry bags will be banned in entire state,” the Minister tweeted:

The Minister further said, Women’s Self Help Groups (SHGs) will be looped in to eradicate usage of plastic bags in the state. The SHGs, along with contract of cloth bags, will be given grants.

The decision to ban plastic bags comes at a time when the plastic bags or polythenes are partly being blamed for choking Mumbai’s storm-water drains and being the main cause for litter. During the recent floods caused by excessive rains, huge volumes of plastic carry bags were floating in the knee-deep waters, which further worsened the situation for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). “To remove the muck we used shovels, however when it came to plastics we had no option but manually pull the plastic bags stuck underwater. It took us a lot of time to remove the plastic waste and yet we weren’t able to clear them completely,” says Sunil Gaikwade, BMC worker.

Following the National Green Tribunal’s plea on banning plastic bags, especially the ones below 50 microns, many states including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur have not only prohibited the use of plastic bags but also imposed strict penalties (for instance fine upto Rs 5,000) on anyone found using, selling, purchasing plastic carry bags. Maharashtra, being one the largest states of India is gearing up to set an example with this ban that comes into effect next year.

Also Read: #IndiaAt70: On Independence Day, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Asks People To Help Goa Become Plastic Free By 2020

As soon as the government announced the decision to ban plastic bags, many citizens welcomed the decision. Here are some of the reactions:

Sounds Good: Aaditya Thackeray On Plastic Bag Ban

Aaditya Thackeray, the President of Yuva Sena who was instrumental in pushing the government’s decision had been in talks with the state environment minister and the mayor for quite some time. Expressing his happiness over the decision he tweeted:

Much Awaited Decision, Says A ‘Thrilled’ Juhi Chawla

Also Read: Say No To Plastic: Here Are 5 Simple Ways To Cut Down Plastic Usage

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