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Plastic Ban In Odisha: BMC To Register FIR Against Repeat Offenders

03 October 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has decided to impose heavy penalty on those vendors and shopkeepers who deliver goods in single-use plastic. The Corporation officials today said that people have been informed about the ban one year back in October 2018.

"There are four squads, three each in every zone in Bhubaneswar and one in the BMC headquarters which enforce plastic ban. Even for first-time offenders the penalty is going to be high as the awareness drive has been launched since one year. For repeat offenders we will lodge FIRs," a senior BMC official said.

The official added that there will be a one-month moratorium for the traders in Bhubaneswar to adjust and make necessary arrangements for plastic-ban. "We have seized 1.6 tonnes of polythene during the enforcement drives so far. 27 packets thermocol and 45 packets of plastic have been confiscated from different areas of Bhubaneswar," he added.

On the other hand, a majority of vendors in Bhubaneswar are conscious about the ban and are trying to push cotton bags. However, the petty shopkeepers complained that the customers hesitate to pay five rupees extra for the cotton bags.

"The customers can pay for the cotton bags in shopping malls, but at small shops like ours, they either bargain, do not pay, or at the end refuse to buy from us. This is the problem at small shops where the customers are not willing to pay for the cotton bags, which come at a cost," a fruit vendor at Unit I Market said.

Shyam Sundar Sethy, Deputy Commissioner, BMC

Himanshu Pattnaik, Customer

Prafulla Muduli, Customer

Sukanta Kumar Sahoo, Shopkeeper