The Karnataka State Government on March 11, 2016 issued an official gazette notification stating a complete and total ban on plastic and all plastic and thermacol products in the State. The notification makes specific mention that plastic, no matter its thickness, will be banned across the State.
But is it enforced in right way. All over the state, plastic is been widely used. It’s time to look at it. It is not at all a simple issue to neglect.
A ban on the use of plastic in the state, was imposed by Maharashtra environment minister Ramdas Kadam on Saturday.
“It is good that plastic is getting banned in the state. Maharashtra has become the 18th state to ban plastic.. Plastic is a problem for everyone,’ Kadam told ANI.
“We were discussing on the plastic ban for the last eight to nine months. During Gudi Padwa, I had even mentioned what all things would be banned. The court gave a three-month relief to the people. I am very happy that the court took a good decision,” he added.
Describing plastic as a “dangerous thing”, Kadam explained that the problem was not only in Maharashtra but in the entire country and across the world.
He stressed that in one day, at least 1,200 tons of plastic waste was being generated, causing an adverse effect on crops and water bodies.
“For first time offenders the fine will be Rs. 5,000. For second time offenders, the fine will be Rs. 10,000. Those who violate the ban for the third time will face a fine of Rs. 25,000 along with an imprisonment of three months,” Kadam said.