New Delhi: Impressed with Mumbai’s effective roll out of Plastic Ban, a four-member team from Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) visited Mumbai recently to seek guidance on how to roll out the ban on plastic in their state effectively. This recent move comes after the Patna High Court, on Monday, directed Bihar government to impose a ban on the usage of plastic bags after taking suo motu cognizance of a media report on the pollution of a pond located on the premises of the sacred Mahabodhi temple in Gaya.
Talking to NDTV, Nidhi Chaudhari, Head Anti-Encroachment Department of Brinhanmumbai Municipal Corporation said,
A team from Bihar came to know the nitty-gritties related to the plastic ban, for example, how it can be implemented well, the activities they need to do in order to educate people about the ban, how the collection centres can be put in place and how the state can make sure the ban implemented is effective.
She further said, “It is a very proud movement for Mumbai, we made the plastic ban take place and we made sure it is very much effective. The team from Bihar told us that they are very happy to see the change in Mumbai and it is a Mumbaikar only who they met in Patna’s market carrying a cloth bag, who motivated them to come and visit his state for the implementation of plastic ban.”
Currently, a draft notification for the plastic ban has been circulated for a blanket ban in Bihar under the guidance of the High Court.
A senior officer from Bihar State Pollution Control Board added,
The next hearing of the high court is scheduled for September 24, we are meeting many people so that we can present a good draft in front of them in respect to the plastic ban and make sure the implementation is done right. In the past week, we have held meetings with the manufactures, dealers, retailers, institutions, individuals and other stakeholders, and have taken their objections and suggestions.