Pune: Ban on plastic- PMC focuses on awareness

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which has taken a decision to ban use of all types of plastic bags, has initially put the focus on creating public awareness and simultaneously taking action to seize plastic bags.

The PMC has already issued directions to the nuisance detection squads to seize plastic bags, said Suresh Jagtap, zonal commissioner and solid waste management chief.

The general body of the PMC on Wednesday had taken a unanimous decision to enforce a complete ban on use of all types of plastic bags in the city. A day after the decision, the civic ward offices have swung into action. The Warje-Karvenagar office took action in 31 cases while the Yerawada office took action in 16 cases. The Tilak road ward office has imposed fine on two offenders. A fine of over Rs 10,300 was collected on Thursday.

Jagtap said that while the state government has banned use of plastic bags having a thickness of less than 50 microns, the PMC has decided to enforce a complete ban on use of plastic bags. As per the Act, a fine of Rs 5,000 is proposed for the first offence, and for the second offence it is Rs 10,000. A legal case can be initiated for the third offence.

Giving details of how the PMC would go about implementing the ban, Jagtap said that besides creating awareness, the municipal corporation would also suggest alternatives to plastic bags. The PMC will also be listing the rules regarding fines and penalties. Jagtap said that for the next one month, the PMC will focus on creating awareness and seizing plastic bags. Action would be taken against all shops or vendors using plastic bags to supply their goods to the customers.

According to Jagtap, the PMC will issue a formal public notice stating the date from which fines will be imposed for distribution of plastic bags. Asked if the civic body will invite any suggestions and objections regarding the ban, Jagtap said that a ban is already in place for plastic bags of less than 50 microns and that the corporation has decided to implement a total ban on its own.

From TOI

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