After the shops, social gatherings in the crosshairs of BMC

Plastic ban in Mumbai: after stores, social gatherings in the crosshairs of BMC | Pic for representation

After cracking down on commercial establishments using banned plastic, the BMC has now decided to widen the scope of the campaign to include party organizers and caterers. It has become clear that banned plastic is still prevalent at large social gatherings, which is why BMC officials will now be visiting halls, auditoriums and event venues after August 15.

Since July 1, the civic body has seized 1,500 kg of plastic and collected Rs 11.50 lakh in fines.

Speaking about the move, BMC Deputy (Special) Commissioner Sanjog Kabre said, “Our ward-level team will randomly visit events, halls and auditoriums in their respective areas. They will check whether banned plastic products are used by organizers and caterers. This inspection will begin after August 15.

Currently, the managers of the market, stores, establishment and licensing department jointly visit the stores. But, the BMC will now involve a team from the health department, the city official said. So far, the civic body has inspected 24,000 stores and taken action against 230 offenders. Meanwhile, city officials are also finding a viable method to dispose of the seized plastic.

The BMC launched an action against banned plastic in 2018. During the two-year period, the civic body seized 1 lakh kg of plastic and levied Rs 5,53,90,000 in fines. Penalties generally vary between Rs 5,000 and Rs 25,000, and offenders can also be imprisoned for three months if necessary.

Action Details:

Since July 1,

24,000 stores inspected

1,500 kg of plastic seized

Action against 230 offenders

Rs 11.50 lakh fines collected

Penalties range between Rs 5k-Rs 25k

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