BMC to invest ₹5 Cr in manufacturing cloth bags

Environment minister Ramdas Kadam told the legislative assembly that till now, lakhs of tonnes waste is generated

BMC to invest ₹5 Cr in manufacturing cloth bags

In the wake of the plastic ban, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is working on bringing in cloth bags in the market for which the civic body is planning to invest ₹5 Cr, said environment minister Ramdas Kadam in the legislative assembly.  

While replying during a debate on budget demands, Kadam informed the legislative assembly, that in the state, around 1100 tonne plastic waste is generated which takes more than 500 years to perish. In the last 35-40 years, a lot of waste is generated and because of this, the plastic ban was initiated.

He also told the legislative assembly that the decision of banning plastic was not taken instantly but it was preplanned. On January 2, 2018, the state had issued a public notice which stated that plastic will be banned from Gudi Padwa, i.e. March 18, 2018. Likewise, the state implemented the given order March 18 onwards.  

A few days back, Kadam had informed that people will not be able to use thermocol-made plastic plates in any of the public events and whoever is caught using plastic bags will be fined ₹25,000 and will also have to serve three months in jail.

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