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Polythene ban to be enforced strictly from tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: With the deadline of awareness drive over ban on use of polythene and plastic ending today, Odisha government will strictly enforce the restriction from tomorrow.

Forest and Environment department secretary K Murugesan informed today that the manufacturing industries of polythene and plastics will be seized. “We have written to the Urban Development department to take strict action against the violators. If trader and manufacturing company are found selling these items, they would be slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh while the small traders would be imposed a fine of Rs 3000, Rs 5000 and Rs 7000 depending on the volume,” he added.

The industries found to have violated the norms would be slapped fine of Rs 1 lakh while the small traders selling the banned items would have to pay penalty of Rs 3000, Rs 5000 and Rs 7000 depending on the volume, he added.

The government is in the process to manufactures jute and paper bags as an alternative to the polythene carry bags. The use of polythene has become 50 per cent less since implementation of rules, he pointed out.

In the first phase, the government had imposed the ban on the use of polythene, thermocol, and other such plastic products in five municipal corporations-Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and tourist place Puri.

The concerned district collectors and sub-collectors have been asked to ensure the ban.

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