The State Consumer Commission issued notices to shopkeepers and department stores for charging their customers for carry bags.
Twenty-three city residents had moved a class action petition (CAP) on January 27 through advocate Uday Wavikar before the commission against shops, departmental stores and the municipal authorities.
The complaint stated that as per a notification issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forest on February 4, 2011, retailers were prohibited from supplying carry bags free of cost. However, the municipal authorities concerned were entrusted to determine the minimum price for the bags.
Even though the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authority has not determined the minimum price, retail shops are already charging extra money, the complaint claimed.
“The shopkeepers can not charge for carry bags until the notification determining the price for carry bags is issued by the municipal authority. The said charges are supposed to be utilised for the material and waste management costs,” the complaint alleged.
It further alleged that the retailers were making huge profit by charging Rs2 to Rs5 per bag.
The complainants asked the commission to prohibit retailers from charging extra money till the local municipal corporation had determined the price of carry bags.
It further sought direction to the civic body to determine the price as per quality and size.
“The commission has issued notices to the respondents. The parties have been asked to file their reply on or before March 30,” Wavikar said.