BBMP seeks help in each ward; increases fine on plastic ban violators

BBMP has put its foot down to make the implementation of plastic ban a success. However, ward level citizen volunteers are an essential ingredient in the success of plastic ban and scientific waste management.

Joint Commissioner- East Yatish Kumar inspecting and penalising shops that violated plastic ban. Pic courtesy: SWM volunteers team

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has put its foot once again to show that plastic ban is here to stay, unlike many earlier instances of plastic ban notifications that were ineffective. With the National Green Tribunal postponing the hearing of petition against plastic ban to July 15, 2016, BBMP has released a notification that orders heavy fine on violators. The revised fines are listed below:

Fines for manufacturing and sale of banned plastic items
Criteria Fine for first time offense Fine for second time offense
Manufacturing Rs 2,00,000 Rs 5,00,000
Storage Rs 1,00,000 Rs 2,00,000
Selling Rs 50,000 Rs 1,00,000
Commercial users Rs 25,000 Rs 50,000
Domestic users Rs 500 Rs 1000

The notification has also empowered the Joint Commissioners, BBMP Revenue Officers, all BBMP engineers to seize and fine the violators, along with health officers, thus giving more hands for the system to monitor violations. The entire notification can be seen here:

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