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BMC plans ban on thermocol plates, cups

After plastic carry bags, the civic body has proposed a ban on tetra packs (used for flavoured milk), thermocol dishes, cups and glasses.

mumbai Updated: Feb 28, 2010 01:57 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

After plastic carry bags, the civic body has proposed a ban on tetra packs (used for flavoured milk), thermocol dishes, cups and glasses.

“Thermocol also choked drains during monsoon,” said a BMC official requesting anonymity as the proposal is yet to be cleared.

The BMC has also tried to make existing rules stricter to discourage manufacturing, use and circulation of plastic carry bags. Presently, civic officials can’t take action against manufacturers and consumers but can penalise retailers, shopkeepers, stockists and vendors.

The penalty for violating ban the first time is Rs 5,000 and the second time Rs 10,000. After that it is Rs 25,000. The new proposal states “Penalty should be Rs 25,000 and three-month imprisonment for first-time defaulter”.

The BMC has also proposed changes to the Maharashtra Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Ordinance, 2006. “We will discuss it in the next general body meeting,” said Mayor Shraddha Jadhav.