Written byRajashree Seal
To get new or renewed licenses by local civic bodies for shops, malls, and other commercial establishments, they will have to follow the State's proposed ban on plastic bags and thermocol goods.
Establishments found violating the plastic ban, will be fined a minimum penalty of Rs. 5,000 for the first time and Rs. 10,000 if found defying the ban for the second time.
According to a report, the proposed ban's draft notification will be issued within a fortnight.
Before finalizing the ban, the government will call for suggestions and modifications once the draft notification is published.
As per the proposal, manufacture, use, storage, distribution and sale of polythene bags, thermocol and plastic plates, cups, glasses, forks, bowls and spoons, flex, non-woven polypropylene bags, decorative door hangings, plastic sheets, and plastic wrappers etc. will be banned.
Production and distribution of plastic bags thinner than 50 microns and smaller than 8x12 inches have already been banned in the state.
The main objective behind the plastic ban in the state is to cut the use of plastic from its root.
As per reports, the environment department will carry out publicity campaigns against the use of plastic.
It has also issued directions to all civic bodies that the ban must be complied by all commercial establishments before they are issued new or renewed licenses.
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