The Maharashtra environment department has finalised its draft to amend the Maharashtra Plastic Carry Bags Management and Usage Rules. The new draft pins responsibility on the end user for carrying thin non-recyclable plastic. The municipal commissioner will be empowered to implement the Act and enforce penalty. He can appoint any officer subordinate to him for this duty. The said draft will be put up for public comments within a week.
You will have to pay a heavy fine for carrying thin plastic bags less than 50 microns thick in the state. A person who will violate the rules can be levied a fine in the range of Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 for the first offence. A repeated second offence can lead to a fine up to Rs 25,000 and a third offence fine up to Rs 50,000, along with three months' imprisonment.
So far, only stockist, manufacturers, retailers could be held punishable under the law. Now, end user along with others will be held responsible. The environment department held a meeting with the civic body and other stakeholders on Thursday to finalise the draft.
It is really a great on the part of the Maharashtra state govt. that it has taken a very good step to avoid the problem faced to due use of non-biodegradable poly packs. This will help in decreasing the water pollution and water logging of different nalas upto a greater extent. The centre govt should take a similar step to amend its Act to make way for penalty on the consumers.
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