Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh government issued fresh notification banning use of thermocol cutlery across the state.
The government has issued fresh notification reiterating that no person including shopkeepers, vendors, wholesalers, retailers, hawkers, trehriwalas will use thermocol cutlery in any form manufactured from non-biodegradable material as listed in Schedule under Himachal Pradesh Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1995.
The ban would be made effective after three months of publication of the notification in the government gazette to give time to manufacturers, dealers and shopkeepers to dispose of the stocks, an official spokesman said.
The spokesman said that any person, institution, commercial establishment (educational institution, offices, hotels, shops, restaurants, dhabas, religious institutions, industrial establishments, banquet halls etc) causing breach of the aforesaid prohibition shall be liable for penalties.
This would not only help in environment conservation, but also promote eco-tourism in the state, he added.