As the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government enforced the ban on a variety of plastic items — announced in March — from Saturday, environment minister Ramdas Kadam said that errant manufacturers will face a strong action.
However, the common people and small traders will not be harassed, he added.
If you are you clueless about what the ban covers and excludes, this list will come handy.
What’s not banned
# Plastic bags for storing food grains
# Plastic bags used for packaged food items like chips, biscuits, etc.
# Plastic raincoats
# Milk pouches that are above 50 microns in thickness
# Thermocol boxes used for storing medicines
# Plastic, thermocol used by manufacturing companies
# Plastic, thermocol used in packaging of appliances
# Plastic items used in hospitals like saline bottles
# Plastic pens
# Plastic pouches used in plant nurseries
# All types of plastic bags
# Plastic tea cups, glasses
# Thermocol glasses
# Plastic items used in hotels to parcel food like disposable plates, cups, boxes, spoons etc
# Thermocol used for decoration purposes
The ban covers entire Maharashtra, and visitors from other parts of the country are also expected to maintain caution while disposing plastic.
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and district, along with the local administration, will monitor the plastic use. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation will keep a close eye on plastic usage in tourist areas in the state.
The first-time defaulters will be fined Rs 5000 and second time defaulters will be fined Rs 10000, whereas the third time defaulters will be penalized Rs.25000 and a three-year imprisonment.
On March 23, the state government imposed a ban on manufacturing, use, sale, distribution and storage of plastic materials such as one-time-use bags, spoons, plates, PET and PETE bottles and thermocol items. The government gave three months for the disposal of existing stocks.