BMC collects INR 16L from stores and dealers for using plastic

According to information revealed by the Brihnamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), officials of the civic body have seized more than 2,000 kg of banned plastic in the last two and a half months. From there, the BMC levied a fine of INR 16 lakhs from shops and dealers using banned and single-use plastic.

Officials said they had taken legal action against 318 violators through September 14. Now they will also involve the health department in the campaign while inspecting caterers and event organizers.

In addition, the municipal authorities are in talks with an NGO to recycle the plastic that is in the BMC warehouse.

For those who don’t know, the civic body relaunched the campaign against banned plastic on July 1st. Civic Markets, Shops, and Establishment and Licensing Services teams frequently inspect malls, supermarkets, and stores.

In the second phase, the civic body has decided to focus on gatherings where there is a greater chance that plastic will be used.

Additionally, in 2018, the state government passed a law banning the use of single-use plastic. The civic body actively implemented the law with the seizure of 1 lakh kg of plastic.

In addition, 5, 53, 90,000 INR were levied in fines, which usually range between 5,000 and 25,000 INR per violation.

According to the law, offenders could also be imprisoned for three months if necessary.

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