From ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about waging a war against single-use plastic. Listing how it harms the environment, he urged countrymen to switch to cloth bags for daily use.
It was expected that Centre would put a blanket ban on single-use plastic on October 2, but an official has said this isn't what government is planning.
Meanwhile, jittery industry is looking for alternatives
While the government's intentions have now been clarified, courtesy Mishra's words, plastic manufacturers have been spending a large chunk of their time to understand how will they deal with the consequences of a "ban".
Industry official had suggested that ban should be delayed
"Switching to alternative packaging materials, such as glass and tetra pack, would add to the cost of packaging, handling, and transportation (as glass is heavier than plastic). Neither is it user-friendly nor cost-effective," a senior official said while adding that ban should be delayed.
And, PM Modi said he never spoke about "plastic-free" India
While confusion on what will be banned and what will be allowed persisted, PM Modi on Monday said he is only against single-use plastic.
"Some people, by mistake, are talking about plastic-free India. I have not said this. I have said that single-use plastic, which comes to use only once, causes a lot of problems," he said on Monday in Chennai.