Plastic ban in Bangalore, gains speed…

BENGALURU: A total of 9,000 cases have been booked and 39,000 kilograms of plastic has been seized in Bengaluru ever since the ban on plastic came into effect four months ago.

Furnishing details about the crackdown on plastic, forest and environment minister B Ramanath Rai said a penalty of Rs 52 lakh has been collected in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits since March 11 this year. Of this, Rs 20 lakh penalty was collected in June alone, he said.
The state government had imposed a ban on manufacture, sale, supply and use of plastic carry bags, banners, buntings, flex, flags, plates, cups, cling films, plastic sheets used for spreading on dining table, products made of thermocol and micro-beads. The government had banned these plastic-based products citing threats to environment: plastic was causing blockage of gutters, sewers and drains apart from polluting water bodies in Bengaluru and other parts of the state.
Rai said the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and BBMP have been instructed to conduct random checks and book cases against those selling plastic. The police, commercial taxes and the transport departments have been ordered to intensify crackdown against inter-state transportation of plastic. In the rural areas, the panchayat-level officials and elected representatives are being trained on the measures to be taken to curb use of plastic, he added.

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