Plastic Ban: BMC sends out squads to target shops

After a successful show, BMC sends out its squad to target shops; says the intention is not to terrorise citizens

Dressed in navy blue jackets with a BMC logo I-card on display, the 250 license inspectors will start the day today from Gateway of India to implement the much-awaited state-wide ban on plastic.

While imposition of fines will be in full swing from Monday, the enforcement will kick off today, with licence inspectors targeting bulk generators first. “Our intention is not to terrorise citizens. The guidelines are to initially focus on bulk generators and target commercial establishments like shops, malls and hawkers, and not bother individual consumers,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner, solid waste management.

To hammer home the need for awareness, the BMC kicked off a threeday exhibition at the National Sports Club of India in Worli on Friday. It was attended by state environment minister Ramdas Kadam, ambassadors Ajay Devgn and wife Kajol, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta, and deputy municipal commissioner (removal of encroachments) Nidhi Chaudhari. With 60 organisations participating in the show, on display was a recycled nursery for plant lovers and several eco-friendly products from cutlery to bags.

According to Mehta, the BMC’s main motive is not to make people completely stop using plastic. “But we need to pass on a strong message that it is possible to live a life without destroying our environment. We need to be careful in what we leave for our next generation,” said Mehta, adding, “We have our toll free numbers for ban-related queries, collection centres and 250 inspectors to ensure effective enforcement across the city.”