The Rourkela Municipal Corporation efforts to promote handmade paper and canvas bags have failed to yield the desired results.
He stated that vendors including meat and flower vendors who continue to use plastic carry bags would have the trade licenses of their shops cancelled.
Tenali municipality has imposed ban on plastic bags on May 1, while Narasaraopet and Piduguralla civic bodies are gearing up to impose plastic ban from May 6 and May 10 respectively.
Sharma told the court one of his clients had placed an order from Subway through Swiggy and was charged around Rs 100 in the name of bag fee.
With the aim of getting rid of plastic, Corporation is embedding sustainability in life
The amendment is currently being drafted and is likely to be introduced during the state Assembly's monsoon session.
Officials are hopeful that after implementation of proposed penalty it will ensure better implementation of plastic ban.
The move comes a year after China, the world’s biggest plastic scrap importer stopped import from western countries and southeast Asian countries becoming a major hub of scrap plastic recycling.
The minister recalled that the Centre has banned the use of plastic bags weighing 50 microns or less.
The directives come at a time when the Lok Sabha elections are due in April-May, before the onset of the monsoon.
In order to curb banned plastic items, the State Government had proposed to fine commercial establishments violating norms.
A notice was served to several companies including Burger King, CavinKare, Nestle, Hindustan Unilever, Tata Starbucks, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, etc.
Those violating the plastic ban will get three strikes, after which they will be ordered to shut shop and go home.
The Tamil Nadu government had banned single-use plastics from January 1 and the authorities have been conducting raids in big outlets and seizing if the banned items were found in the premises
Henceforth, universities will not be allowed to fete guests with flower bouquets at campus events.