New Delhi: From June 23, Mumbai civic body’s plastic ban will come into effect, if you will be found carrying a plastic bag or taking one from a vendor, you could be fined up to Rs 5,000 for the first violation, and Rs 10,000 for repeat offences. Now, taking a step ahead, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to deploy 200 inspectors to catch hold of defaulters and fine them for using plastic. Speaking to NDTV, about this step, Nidhi Chaudhari, Head Anti-Encroachment Department of BMC said,
We have given public and shopkeepers enough time to get prepared for the plastic ban. From June 23, these inspectors, along with BMC employees will start penalising citizens and vendors if they will be found using the banned plastic items.
She further said to make the plastic ban in the city effective the municipal corporation has made three teams — the market department, which is an umbrella body of 200-odd BMC markets, the shops and establishments-department, which keeps an eye on shops across the city, and the licensing department, which will ensure that street hawkers and vendors comply with the ban.
We have created enough awareness for the plastic ban in the city. We are hoping from June 23, at least the plastic carry bags will completely go away. We have also made greener alternatives available to everyone like cloth and jute bags, said Ms Chaudhari.
Soon, BMC, will also publish the lists of the inspectors with their names on their official site — one for markets and malls, and the second for supervising street hawkers.
On March 23, the Maharashtra government had issued a notification banning the use of plastic bags and other one-time use single-use plastic items which is applicable on all every person, Government and non-government organisation, educational institution, sports complex, hotels, to name a few. The government had given everyone three months to get rid of their plastics and switch to greener alternatives. June 23 has been set as a deadline for Maharashtra government’s plastic ban to become effective.