MUMBAI: Lakhs of rupees were collected in fine from hundreds of people and tonnes of plastic seized in action across the state as the implementation on plastic ban began in Maharashtra on Saturday.
While 72 people were fined and a sum of Rs 3.6 lakh collected from them in Nashik, the Pune Municipal Corporation took action against 73 people and collected a fine of Rs 69 lakh.
In Thane the corporation emphasized on seizing the plastic carry bags from shops and vegetable vendors, 15 flying squads of Sangli Municipal corporation seized almost a tonne of plastic and thermocol and collected a fine of R 50,000 on the first day of the plastic ban.Several municipal corporations including Mumbai have holiday today and hence the action in these cities would begin on Monday, a senior official from the state government told the New Indian Express.
An official release from the Nashik Municipal Corporation stated that various civic teams fanned out across the six municipal divisions of the city and fined violators as per the provisions of the plastic ban notification issued by the Maharashtra government on March 23.As per the government's notification, the fine for first-time and second-time offenders will be Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. A third violation will attract a fine of Rs 25,000 and a jail term for three months