Mumbai, June 12: With the Union Government pledging to ban all plastic use by 2022 on the World Environment Day this year, Mumbai is the first city to take the pledge seriously and ban the use of plastic in the city. Come June 23 and the ban on usage of plastic will be strictly enforced by Mumbai’s civic body. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will fine you upto Rs. 10000 in case you’re seen using plastic bags or taking one from a vendor.
To keep a check on the use of plastic bags, the BMC has issued a list of inspectors who will maintain a hawk’s eye regarding the use of plastic bags and another list of inspectors would rolled out soon. As of now, the first list of inspectors will keep a vigil on the shops. The next second and third list will be to keep a check on the markets and malls and on street hawkers respectively. Shopkeepers as well as people indulging in the use of plastic bags would fined then and there. Apart from the inspectors on duty, all BMC personnel may charge a person or shopkeeper seen using plastic bags. Deputy Municipal Commissioner In-charge of markets and the license departments Nidhi Chaudhari said civic body gave citizens a time of three months to get used to using paper and cloth bags.
Chaudhari said,”Even during this period, there was no stay on fining citizens, but we were giving them a chance to adjust to cloth and paper bags. Now, we will strictly impose the ban.” The BMC has listed how should a person be fined- up to Rs. 5,000 for the first violation, and Rs. 10,000 for those repeatedly indulging in using plastic. They will, however, have to carry their identity cards and authority letters signed by the municipal corporation during inspections.
Three departments will be responsible to implement the plastic ban will be the markets department, which inspects the 200-odd BMC markets, the shops and establishments department and the license department.