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Karnataka: Caught using plastic bag? Be ready to pay fine

The next time you choose to step out with a plastic bag in your hands, chances are you could be facing a  Rs 500 fine.

Published: 29th July 2018 05:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2018 05:04 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: The next time you choose to step out with a plastic bag in your hands, chances are you could be facing a  Rs 500 fine. Three years after the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) enforced a plastic ban in the city, the civic agency is now gearing up to enforce it with the help of technology.

According to officials, the agency is procuring hand-held devices which will be able to capture details of the persons using plastic bags, including their picture and the location where they were spotted. The machine will also generate a spot penalty receipt automatically, instead of the manual receipts being issued currently.

Speaking to Express, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said the agency was readying to become stricter about enforcing the ban. In all, 110 junior health inspectors have been hired on a contract basis to supplement the in-house health inspectors. “The devices will be similar to the ticket-vending machines used by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and will have additional features such as a camera and a screen enabled with a Global Positioning System (GPS) interface. The machines will be procured locally and can be modified to meet our requirements,” he said.

Explaining further, the Commissioner said that the BBMP official would use the device to take a picture of the offender or the shop where plastic was being sold. This would include the sale of plastic covers, cups and plates. “The GPS-enabled machine will record the exact location along with the time and date where the health inspector captures the offence. There will be a centralised dash board for monitoring and every time the penalty is levied, the dash board will show the amount collected along with the ward details. These can be monitored by senior officials in the central office,” he said. This system will use an integrated portal developed by the BBMP.

Poor plastic ban enforcement hits waste management

Karnataka government had banned plastic below 40 microns in 2015 and, a year later, banned the use and manufacturing of plastic bags of any thickness. Since then, authorities have been conducting raids and seizing plastic materials, mostly targeting bulk producers and vendors.“The new system with these hi-tech gadgets will be in place in the next two months. Penalty can be paid either by cash or even card,’’ Prasad said.

According to sources from the BBMP, the agency is struggling to enforce the ban. The use of plastic bags is rampant from the  vendor level to the end user. Poor enforcement of the ban has also led to many problems for the BBMP. It is unable to improve the process of garbage disposal since trash consists of plastic. “If we stop using plastic, we will have a better solution for garbage as well as flooding of roads. As authorities, we will insist on the ban but the people also have to change their mindset. The collusion of officials as well as the garbage mafia, which makes the issue complex, must also be dealt with,” a source pointed out.



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  • ashwini

    the rule just for middle class people july 2018 yet i see here and there plastic bags and also using plastic in mall and shopping market for preserving & packing food products ...... idea is good but in action its just a notice and word i never seen and big change banning plastic except fine can be collected by this reason thats all
    2 years ago reply
  • JOYAL

    It's a dirty game to make money by BBMP .First let them have the guts to stop all the plastic manufacturers and then start fine on common people .
    2 years ago reply
  • JOYAL

    It's dirty game by the BBMP to make money Diary let them stop all the manufacturing companies then start fining normal people
    2 years ago reply
  • Ahmed M

    Now-a-days public is penalized for everything, I would suggest that the main source of plastic bags must be stopped and an alternate method be itroduce. This will definitely help the BBMP department and the innocent public.
    2 years ago reply
  • Ravindranath

    Impose heavy penalty on manufacturers before targeting the end user. Make it NOT available...
    2 years ago reply
  • viji

    first take action against the flex banner menace throughout the city, huge more than life size flex banners which are banned are displayed at all junctions, metro pillars, light posts, traffic signals, all across the city.
    2 years ago reply
    • Anand

      Very well written. There is hell of a corruption in every depatment handled by BBMP. Shamelessly they keeping blind to all these. But thinking about fining them even after being caught is never an option for them. Even the garbage collector collects garbage from next house, but never picks up the bag from my house. Will they dare to fine them? Though medicines are available at the Govt hospital, the doctors there write for many required and unnecessary medicines from the patronizing drug stores. Unnecessarily plastic bags are issued at this time. Will they fine the creator of this situation? Finning the public for everything is the more sought after and eagerly followed option. What happened to your plans about fining those who cause their dogs to defecate in public and go without removing it. Those urinate in public. Definately they stay blind towards it.
      2 years ago reply
  • sayadalam

    Without a comprehensive plan and educating public through media, not implementing waste segregation, this exercise may be for some other objective rather than conservation.
    2 years ago reply
  • Francis

    Without tracking the manufacturing and supply of plastic bags and providing the best alternative at the same cost, I repeat AT THE SAME COST, or let me say for cheaper price, it would be considered as FOOLISHNESS, or MAKE MONEY POLICY. This initiative can be appreciated only when manufacturing and supplying is tracked and strictly banned. Or else those who suffer are only innocent people who just become victims of the situation where they just happen to carry a plastic bag out of no other option where he/she is in a hurry. Help and promote the alternate product so that the present manufacturers will not lose business but start to do something better.
    2 years ago reply
    • L Fernandez

      Yes, I fully agree the views of Mr Francis. First curb the source. This should be done first before punishing the end user. Hope higher ups understand.
      2 years ago reply
  • S S Prasad

    Before penalising public Officials involved in issuing licences to manufacturing and monitoring should be suspended.
    2 years ago reply
  • M.G.H.S. RAJAN

    What is the alternative? Have a proper disposal system - educate the public - stop manufacture of thin plastic - recycle the permitted ones - in NZ plastic is permitted but with a proper segregation and disposal system they don't have any problem!
    2 years ago reply
  • Dr

    New way of making money .......
    2 years ago reply
  • Mahalakshmi

    The first action to take place is in The old Bangalore where lots and lots of business establishments are there
    2 years ago reply
  • Mahalakshmi

    Request you to really take strict action on plastic covers manufacturing
    2 years ago reply
  • Chand

    Better to stop manufacturing. Why does the police always target at common man??
    2 years ago reply
  • Chiranjeevi Sarma

    The vendors, footpath shopkeepers are to be educated about the dangerous effect of the Plastic and convinced to use the alternate carry bags of cloth/jute. The issue is to be popularised property
    2 years ago reply
  • Deepak

    Please ban at manufacturing level & ban also for eatables using plastic packing for chips, biscuits and etc before we were packing these eatables in butter paper
    2 years ago reply
  • Sachin

    To understand this great eco-friendly initiative, here are a few questions for the BBMP authorities ...... 1. For how long is this enforcement drive ? Pls specify. (months/years/forever?) 2. How many such hand held units will be procured ? (mention Qty) 3. What is the plan to keep them in working condition ? All of them, all the time ? (Pls mention the specific plan) 4. For how long the 110 junior health inspectors hired on a contract basis ? Pls specify (months/years/forever) 5. Points 1 and 4 duration should be the same. Else it doesnt make sense. Isnt it?
    2 years ago reply
  • Sachin

    To understand this great eco-friendly initiative, here are a few questions for the BBMP authorities ...... 1. For how long is this enforcement drive ? Pls specify. (months/years/forever?) 2. How many such hand held units will be procured ? (mention Qty) 3. What is the plan to keep them in working condition ? All of them, all the time ? (Pls mention the specific plan) 4. For how long the 110 junior health inspectors hired on a contract basis ? Pls specify (months/years/forever) 5. Points 1 and 4 duration should be the same. Else it doesnt make sense. Isnt it?
    2 years ago reply
  • Sunil

    Good initiative, Highly appreciated. But Start cutting root cause. What about chocklate rapers, milk pouch and other packing materials. There are road side vendors selling disposable plastic toys feeling air in it. So and so forth..... A massive correction in infrastructure is required to bring these kind of social transformation.
    2 years ago reply
  • Gupta

    Better late than never... Immediate step could be to raid the footpaths and penalise tea sellers along the footpaths... Plastic cups used by them create a Major choke point along the drainage system...
    2 years ago reply
  • lekhraj.prasad@gmail.com

    It seems like government has no other ways to reuse, there r many countries use plastic but they have all solutions. Why can't think some alternative
    2 years ago reply
  • Waseem pasha

    Please ban/stop the companies/factories who are manufacturing the product. & Please save the money of public that they spend money to purchase the bags to carry Thier luggages instead of plastic bags public is purchasing the cloth type of bags to carry Thier luggages. Please stop them. Stop the manufacturers of plastic...
    2 years ago reply
  • S NIAZI

    Pl stop at manufacturing level.
    2 years ago reply
  • Bhavya

    Instead of such control measures, suggest stop manufacturing the plastic materials being banned for use. Burn the existing stock one time
    2 years ago reply
  • Dr shaad

    Have anyone visited gulf countries....I swear when will these people understand about the plastic disaster.... there is lots of usage of plastic....and they say they'll recycle
    2 years ago reply
  • Kumar

    Stop making plastic bags. Stop at the beginning not at end users
    2 years ago reply
  • Subrat

    Good initiative by government but if they can stop the plastic bottles also that will be great.
    2 years ago reply
  • Jayasimha

    Instead of such control measures, suggest stop manufacturing the plastic materials being banned for use. Burn the existing stock one time.
    2 years ago reply
  • Paul

    It is very good to ban plastic bags usage, also please ban cigarette / bedi smoking in public areas, please make it very strict
    2 years ago reply
  • Nagarjuna P

    Good initiative but government should not fine consumers. Instead they should focus on manufacturers. Not only plastic bags they should get rid of all sorts of stuff coming in plastic packing. Chocolates, water bottles, electronic items, etc
    2 years ago reply
  • Sumathi Rao

    Micron limit to be suggested. Thicker reusable can be permitted , as housewives believe in 3R. Thin ones in which road side vendors keep flowers and vegetables filled ready to be picked up while rushing back home , rail, bus or for the convenience of dumping it straight in to their fridge need to be checked very seriously. If that is curbed,, animals and drains will be saved.
    2 years ago reply
  • Shailaja

    First stop plastic bag manufacturers
    2 years ago reply
  • Rx

    Before this first strictly ban the factory and then you take the fine with people's..
    2 years ago reply
  • Zita Rodrigues

    It's time to be stringent on banning plastic bags.
    2 years ago reply
  • Shruti

    These small vendors like vegetable vendors are the culprits. Raid their shops and ban them from using plastic bags. Also, keep trash bins on all roads at regular intervals of distance. What do you expect people to do with trash? Do you expect them to carry all the way home or throw on road? BBMP, please give a logical and sensible solution to this issue as well. Nevertheless plastic bags must be banned.
    2 years ago reply
  • Vinod

    What happens if I am having a plastic bag at home, and I bring some vegetables from the market. What about the plastics used in Milk packets, and every packing materials
    2 years ago reply
  • Xavier

    Collection centers should be set up by the Government so that the common man can hand over the plastics that cannot be used, and may we know how the government will dispose the same. What alternative are being suggested for the common man.
    2 years ago reply
  • Prakash

    Yet another source of income for the officials. Pay half the amount and get going without receipt. A middle class man would want to buy vegetables on his way back home, but now if caught he'll have to pay fine from the money he would have kept aside to buy medicine. Stop manufacturing instead.
    2 years ago reply
  • Anju

    And what do we do with our existing bags? Dump them? Where? Shouldn't i reuse them instead of adding to the garbage that is all over Bangalore?? bbmp themselves follow no laws or rules and are selective when enforcing them too. Areas like ward 63 is a huge mess. People use and throw plastic without a thought. Who is responsible for letting people set up shops and eateries on footpaths, under bridges, on the roads - just about anywhere. No health regulations, no cleanliness norms, no nothing. They allow people to set up commercial enterprises in residential areas that barely have the infrastructure and man power to handle the existing homes. There is no proper planning. And what about all the hoardings posters banners etc. Nobody seems to have the courage to enforce this ban - especially in and around Millers road, tannery road, Coles road, mm road, nandidurg road and queens road. They don't pay their workers, they don't care - all they look to do is find ways of making more money and showing off their power while they have it. Sorry Bbmp but most areas (of pulakeshinagar ward among others) is a huge mess. Clean up your act too, then some of us who have been recycling and reusing for years now will have more respect for you...
    2 years ago reply
  • Gunaseelan.R

    Very good,Please attack the manufacturing industry & Shop users
    2 years ago reply
  • Anand

    Please provide an alternative first and then cut the root of the cause.... close the plastic manufacturing factories and encourage, teach them to manufacture sustainable bags...
    2 years ago reply
  • Vijay

    Stem the root cause. When unavailable, one doesn't use - simple isn't it.
    2 years ago reply
  • Dolly

    Good initiative.
    2 years ago reply
  • Bangalorean

    Whom should be fined for not laying proper roads and responsible for accidents and deaths?
    2 years ago reply
    • Sundeep

      Good one.
      2 years ago reply
  • Anonymous

    Find the root cause and cut down where the issue is. It is same as govt allows cigarette manufacturing and saying cigarette smoking is injurious to health.. Play Dravid video in the movies.. What the hell..instead of banning the manufacturers, vendors what is the reason on punishing the common man. We are not buying the plastic covers from vendors.. When we buy something, vendors provide goods in plastic covers..who is the culprit and who is the victim here. If the plastic itself is banned, then how common man will get it and carry it.
    2 years ago reply
  • Mahesh

    How long is this ban? Recall effectiveness of previous ban! Perhaps officials minted money from bribes. This also will be same. Then BBMP mounam continues. This is my assessment and challenge to govt
    2 years ago reply
  • Manojkumar Motagi

    This is for environment..self discipline required as a citizen.. This effort required across India.. Remove plastic save country and environment.
    2 years ago reply
  • Chetan

    Plastic ban is fine. What is the alternative is not spelt out to keep the small vendors updated, resulting in the ban being unsuccessful.
    2 years ago reply
  • RAFEEQ AHAMED

    The manufacturing should be stopped first.
    2 years ago reply
  • Anamika

    Govt should provide or manufacture non polluted carry bags . very good initiative.
    2 years ago reply
  • Surendra

    First let the Government stop Mother dairy plastic milk packets Then implement.
    2 years ago reply
  • Shakuntala

    Good step even Govt has to ban license of manufacturing plastic bags
    2 years ago reply
  • Susindiran Rao

    This is good initiative but if BBMP dropping this plan near future or after some years or even not bothered then return fund back to public. Which meant BBMP should not drop this plan at any cost but intiative should be start from root cause area such as manufacturing company not common people.
    2 years ago reply
  • Shilpa

    When we common people are against any rule which is imposed by government then nothing is going to change. If we common people are not ready to pay fine then better we change, stop using plastic bags and use some cloth bags instead. Don't blame government if we are not capable to follow any rules. In some parts of Bangalore plastic bags are totally banned. For example in some parts of HSR layout, I have seen people carrying cloth bags and paper bags. When they can follow the rules why not everyone??
    2 years ago reply
  • Prakriti Kant Saran

    What about the meat & fish shops. How you are going to carry those items from shop ? I think you can't carry those items in a paper bag except thick paper bags supplied by the shops.
    2 years ago reply
  • Chengappa

    It is only a easy sourse to increase the income to BBMP. plastic manufaur and sellers will still continue to be the source of personal income of BBMP officials.
    2 years ago reply
  • Shivaji Rao M L

    Another way of wasting tax money on procuring gadgets, nothing more, ask them to disclose the device cost n dashboard cost, that will spill the beans
    2 years ago reply
  • Ramkumar

    First let us clean our house without plastic bags. Then we can pin point the manufacturers and government. Today go and see your houses how many plastic bags are kept. First put all these plastic bags in the dust bin and 2nd step is whenever you go to shopping or anything to purchase always carry a bag along with you which helps the government in a much better way. Try to educate the road side shop guys about this plastic issue and the fine rule then automatically step by step everything will go down.
    2 years ago reply
  • Nandu

    Is it only carry bag? All groceries come packed in plastic.. infact everything from mobile to car has plastic covers.. what are being banned??
    2 years ago reply
  • Dinesh

    It is great start from BBMP to stop manufacturing plastics in the ctiy.
    2 years ago reply
  • Atul

    In place of fine it will be more effective to force users every time buy a reusable non plastic bag which BBMP can sell with some promotional things printed which will increase revenue for BBMP and having number of bags at home will force users to use them Same should be done by traffic police in place of fine buy helmets every time you catch a person riding bike without helmet once he or she has few at home will never forget to use one
    2 years ago reply
  • Mezebeen

    This plastic ban was recently imposed in Maharashtra....n guess what the Inspector who was ready to fine an innocent citizen was carrying his receipt book in a plastic bag...Wake up govt officials..practice what you preach.
    2 years ago reply
  • Rjrao

    Let govt.supply milk and milk products without using plastic.
    2 years ago reply
  • Talia

    Who said all common man are innocent? Many who throws garbage in the next street, or other man's door? Who lacks willpower and sense about keeping the city clean. They deserve fine.
    2 years ago reply
  • Anyomous

    When government putting fine they must give alternative bags for the fine amout they r collecting immediately, so next time they will carry that bag. Otherwise just collecting money is looting public because government can loot only innocent people not big shots.
    2 years ago reply
  • Dwarakanath

    Back in 60s& 70s....weused to carry our cloth / just bags and the shop keeper used to pack things in news paper cover in conical shape tie it by thread. Now first of all we don't carry bags & practice of packing by paper packets is also gone for various reasons..... you know you are paying cost of plastic @ things you buy it may look meger think of long run!! When it was packed in paper ....things were weighed in a pan then transferred to paper pack.. virtually paper was not charged for you....now after the plastic ban you paying extra for bag if don't carry your own it may be plastic or other synthetic bag which is worse than plastic... modern style doesn't approve carrying cloth bag from home!! The basic reason for plastic menase
    2 years ago reply
  • Vijeth G

    Why can't government ban flex banners first. Banning plastic and laws being enforced is fine and we accept and follow but why not banning the flex. Why should every decision or law made should have favourable Condition for politicians?. If the government has the Eco concern, it might be central or state government, if u have that guts go ahead and ban the flex banners
    2 years ago reply
  • Reshma

    Pls bann the manufacturers not the public. Suppose my son goes to the shop n is caught can he pay that big amt. Stop framing the public n destroy the root. News ways of harassing public.no hike in our salaries but got tries new methods to fleece us. Tis is ridiculous.
    2 years ago reply
  • Sekhar

    This is half solution to grab fine from mid class sector. First provide and inculcate an alternate solution then start the process. I personally have stopped using plastic bags from a longtime and always carry my own bag. But still that will not help in some cases. So, an alternate to plastic is definitely needed in general.
    2 years ago reply
  • Shrinivas s p

    Stop manufacturing unit , penalize shop keepers rather than penalty to citizens. I reuse my old good plastic bags instead of disposibg them. Thank me for this!
    2 years ago reply
  • Anonymous

    Please stop the plastic bag manufacturers. Why should a common man pay fine. Why should a common man suffer. Why can't govt stop plastic bag manufacturers. The government will not stop the plastic bag manufacturers because only then they can fine innocent common man and collect money. There are no proper trash bins in my area. There are still places in Bengaluru without trash bins. First they should improve that. If they improve that the plastic garbage bags usage will reduce. The government just want to showcase that they are doing something new. Every single politician in this earth is a sadist. That is it.
    2 years ago reply
    • Srinivas

      You are right sir
      2 years ago reply
    • Xyz

      I totally agree with u
      2 years ago reply
    • Anu

      Absolutely right.. stop the manufacturers from manufacturing the plastic bags..... This will nail the issue from the source.... And government should have a plastic recycling plant.. I now see the paper bags are also extensive used..this again has a disadvantage more paper bags more trees will be cut... It's very simple that govt should stop permitting licence to manufacture plastic items.... I see a lot of restaurants serving hot food in plastic containers.. which again is bad...bbmp officials should first visit these restaurant serving in plastic plates and glasses... This will be a better penalty collection than targeting the common man while carrying a plastic bag... In this fast paced world people buy things impulsively certain daily essentials and buy this on their way to home.. who has the time to think about carrying a bag for shopping.... earlier the traffic cop had the authority to stop the vehicle if the vehicle has proper documents.. now the bbmp officials will stop common man to squeeze money.....either ways govt and govt officials want squeeze the common man's money...
      2 years ago reply
    • Shuaib

      Very good this only you and me for change every one should say this
      2 years ago reply
    • Manish

      The biggest thing of all, firstly close the door for the plastic Granual manufacturer- no Granual no production, all plastic bags will never take birth. Secondly intro many plastic recycling plants in the city which will change the plastic menace, where plastic is actually a wonderful product
      2 years ago reply
    • M Saravanan

      Why should the responsibility be on Government agencies alone? For every Rule to be enforced citizens like us must be receptive and respond positively. We must not put the onus on Manufacturer, shopkeeper etc., We citizens have the power to choke the demand for plastics by refusing to use plastic bags and carry a Cotton Bag always. Don't give any excuse for carrying a cotton bag because when most of us carry a mobile phone weighing 100 to 200gms and in some cases an additional power bank which adds to the weight. So please let us all make up our minds to be the change that we expect in others(Govt., Etc., ) If we citizens decide to own up the responsibility to make our City a better place to live then I think we can achieve all that we aspire for. In case of lapses on the part of the officials and politicians we can pressurise them to be pro active provided we do come out in the open and work towards it rather than being armchair critics.
      2 years ago reply
    • Dinesh

      Did people stop using Weed just bcos it is banned? Obviously no! We, the citizens should be ready to face some inconvenience to get a holistic gain! Discipline starts from privacy!
      2 years ago reply
    • NISHIT BALIGA

      There seems something wrong in your thought process! This stopping of usage has to come from the common man who is encouraging the vendors to deliver their products in a plastic bag. Can one not carry a small foldable cloth bag along wherever he or she goes. It is so repulsive when a citizen asks the vendor for a plastic bag! People don't want to learn. In Sikkim, u get jailed for carrying a plastic bag after the first offence. We are lucky it is not the case here. How much can Govt. do? After all mindset of people has to change. Only such fine based regulations will bring about some sense I guess. I wonder how long this will help anyway!
      2 years ago reply
    • Arun

      Who is the plastic raw materials bulk manufacturer in India the answer will give why the government is scared to stop the manufacturing
      2 years ago reply
    • divya

      this is the mindset that needs to change. Government cant do everything, we as citizens need to be responsible too. when there is no demand there wont be supply its as simple as that an plastic bag manufacturing is already banned but government cant catch the small vendors as they wont be registered. This is a initiative to save the planet for our future generation.
      2 years ago reply
      • Xyz

        Everything is in governments hand....u tell someone to do something or not to do....they don't follow...they say mind your own business
        2 years ago reply
      • Krishna

        Well said.
        2 years ago reply
      • LALITA OKA

        We as citizen must reject usage of plastic. Manufacturing automatically will stop. Save earth.
        2 years ago reply
      • LALITA Oka

        I agree. We as citizens have to support the good initiative taken by government. Just say no to plastic. Manufacturing will automatically will stop. Please do at least this for our earth, if not for the government.
        2 years ago reply
      • Vasudha

        Well said Mam yes we need to b responsible citizens ...wat can a government do. If people don't change
        2 years ago reply
      • P Mahesh

        Totally with you. Manufacturers say they are manufacturing as public is using. Change should start with the public and not manufacturers. If there is no one to buy the manufacturer will not produce them.
        2 years ago reply
  • Reddapp Reddy

    Good intivate,but government provide alternative carrying bags,non polluted.
    2 years ago reply
    • K.Sumana

      Please first ban chips, drinks with chemicals, factories where they manufacture plastic and so many other things and then think about imposing fine on us...if the government only bans such things ...we won't be able to use such things
      2 years ago reply
    • Xyz

      Good idea
      2 years ago reply
    • Reddy

      Why should govt give you bags!!! can't you carry from your home ?
      2 years ago reply
    • P Mahesh

      Why not we use the primitive alternates that we had. Carry a cloth bag in your vehicle or office bag or hand bag. We have a solution. It is just that we are lazy :-)
      2 years ago reply
  • K.Shridhar

    We from 8 th block welfare Association visited lot of shops and convinced them.But after some time we saw the same plastic bags found.We see lot of vegetable and footpath vendors and small shops are started again.First stop manufacturing and supply.Cut at the source.We say Drinking is bad but govt failed to stop manufacturing and sale of drinks
    2 years ago reply
    • Xyz

      Super
      2 years ago reply
  • Venkat

    Everyone knows how corrupt BBMP is in enforcing regulations. Is the BBMP able to do anything regarding the poor state of pavements/sidewalks which is entirely in their control.Pedestrians especially senior citizens and school children find it so difficult to navigate even small stretches as most pavement/ sidewalks are broken irregular and littered. BBMP should first show that they are doing their job properly before setting to fine the common man. Does the BBMP dare to confront the garbage mafia about which they are fully aware and know who exactly are involved.
    2 years ago reply
  • Boobile George

    Majority of the citizens are using plastic bags to buy or to take any items. If that is the case, let the BBMP spot fine the citizen and provide them jute bags or bags that would help the person as well as safeguard the environment. Rather collecting fine using high technology gadgets is like they are earning income from people who are facing lot of defections with income earning by paying money as GSTMANIA and Income Tax.
    2 years ago reply
  • Rakesh

    Please please please strictly enforce this rule. Don’t let it bite the dust. I feel plastic in every form should be banned including our biscuit or chips packets too coz even those are gonna end up in our trash
    2 years ago reply
    • Nagaraj

      Mr.Rakesh come out with the solution if you ban plastic what is the alternative?
      2 years ago reply
  • Sudhamani

    Let them go to the root First they should stop manufacturing then when it’s no longer available people will naturally use alternatives like cloth bags
    2 years ago reply
    • Shuaib

      Stop manufacturing plastic banned plastic company Why should common people suffer or been fined if you banned manufacturing of plastic automatically people will divert themselves to other alternative please don't fined common people first all people there are fed-up of earthquake of changes of currency notes ,GST, increase price of all commodity
      2 years ago reply
    • Shuaib

      Very good
      2 years ago reply
  • Ramesh

    We are bachelors staying in a pg and everyday we have to eat in any hotel so we bring three plates of food which is shared by six people, but we don't have any alternative options to bring food to our pgs. Bring an alternative and then you can ban it other wise we can't afford to pay for six meals and eat in a restaurant. Please think of our students life also.
    2 years ago reply
    • Senthil

      Ramesh bro, you could buy metal tiffin carrier. Hot food items packed in plastic bags are cancerous. You get carriers in different sizes up to the one to serve as much as 10 people.
      2 years ago reply
    • Sheela Ganesh

      Buy steel tiffin Box take it and get it filled with the food and bring it back, people like you if you don't understand who will understand.
      2 years ago reply
    • Reeta

      Buy a cloth bag & steel dubba it’s that simple , stop cribbing & find solutions, students & bachelors survived even before plastic bags became common , & they managed this with a lot smaller budget too
      2 years ago reply
    • AKN Murthy

      As students, you should come forward to help save environment. Suggest some alternative yourselves.
      2 years ago reply
    • Anamika

      U guys can carry tiffin boxes to carry food....and ask the vendors to supply food in those boxes instead
      2 years ago reply
    • Chandrapaa As

      Please keep some carriers and bring.we have reason for everything.
      2 years ago reply
    • Sam

      Carry your tiffin carrier everyday. Pack the food in that. Enjoy. Yes you need to clean that!
      2 years ago reply
  • Abhix

    What if the bags are biodegradable ? In perspective of cut demand , supply will automatically vanish it might seems better. But it should never end in collecting fine only.
    2 years ago reply
  • Raj

    Why common man will suffer due to corruption? Be strict on manufacturers if no plastic then how people use it. Like helmet case that is biggest corruption. If instead of money for the penalty amunt a good helmet government should provide on the spot then government will get beifit from selling helmet and also confirm all bikers are using good helmet. This is way to avoid corruption. Instead of that whatever money comes lets take it and allow bikers to go and people are also using thord grade helmet by cheap quality and from those companies government taking money. So all around take money but allow everything to market to collect money from every where including public. Worst decision and biggest corruption. Please stop from the root.
    2 years ago reply
  • Shiva

    So they will stop everybody on the road, stop and search cars etc and check whether the bag is plastic or not? What a dangerous government! What will they do next? Find out if you had voted for the present government or not and accordingly issue a fine?
    2 years ago reply
  • Niraj

    ahh.....People driving from wrong side of the road (fearlessly) without helmet are not getting fined in Hoodi, Bangalore and we are talking about people walking on the road will get fined for carrying plastic bag.... Sounds very dramatic to me...
    2 years ago reply
  • Bunnie

    BBMP doesn't know the priorities,when politicians and Vedikes goons carry plastic bags will the " health inspector" penalize them ? this drive amounts to criminal extortion. BBMP cannot close down the manufacturers because they have already taken huge BRIBES.The footpaths are encroached by the local goons by extending their restaurant and shops BBMP has no balls to crackdown on them but uncouthly seizes petty carts.its time to protests this corrupt criminal organization from double standards and extortion.
    2 years ago reply
  • N. Shashidhara

    It is a good move to ban plastic bags but it has to be enforced strictly. The concerned departments of the Government in addition to banning plastic bags must also ban POP Ganesha and painted colour Ganesha and Gauri idols - must encourage public to worship Eco Ganesha and Gowri idols.
    2 years ago reply
  • Bayareddy.tallapalli

    Sir first ban the manufacturers of plastic material.after provide alternate things.since12yeats I am not using plastic bags in my pharmacy at devotional place
    2 years ago reply
  • Amit

    Why they are not going to big bazar , D mart etc and local shop from where people get these plastic bags. It's all just to trouble common man
    2 years ago reply
    • Sheela Ganesh

      Malls are not giving plastic bags now a days, common man has to suffer the pollution caused by plastic bags waste
      2 years ago reply
  • Sudhansu Rout

    What about the plastics used by brands to pack their retail food items available in retail outlets ? Like Feasters, kitchen's promise, selecta, more life, patanjali, Tata.......a long list....
    2 years ago reply
    • Murali

      Even Nandini milk and oils from KOF is packed in plastic pouches. Where is the alternative. Let BBMP show the alternate method of packing to these two government owned organisation and then start penalise the common man.
      2 years ago reply
  • Hasmukh R Prajapati

    My request to all Rule makers, & enforcers, that kindly be honest first, because punishing common man, small vendors etc. is very easy to show power. What about big manufacturer, who make it, sell it to distributors, (earn money & enjoyed, no fine ) then it goes to small vendor who spend money to buy, & then penalized by Law. Is it right way? . So if govt really wants to Ban thin polythene bags. Stop production & notice to all buyers & final users.
    2 years ago reply
  • Nandita

    Wait a minute -- I step out of home with my OLD plastic bag, and I carry my groceries home in that -- and I am going to be penalised?!!
    2 years ago reply
  • Manjula

    There are so many ways to get rid of plastic. Must stop manufacturer who use more plastic such as water & juice bottles, chips packets, biscuit covers etc. If they think of there is another way (chips / biscuits) can be packed in paper cover also. his will definetly reduce more than 50% of usage. Rather than charging public for carrying covers. Its just a thought not to go against anyone. Lets work towards Swacha Bharath Swacha Karnataka.
    2 years ago reply
    • Sheela Ganesh

      Well said
      2 years ago reply
  • Nandita

    Wait a minute -- I step out of home with my OLD plastic bag, and I carry my groceries home in that -- and I am going to be penalised?!!
    2 years ago reply
  • Debashis Mishra

    Everything comes in plastic - water bottle, chips, pan, gutkha, cigarette, grocery, engine oil. Putting a ban and collecting fine won't do much good. Instead will bring in more hatred among public because plastic since very long.
    2 years ago reply
  • Priyanka

    Please ban the sale of other food/grocery items in plastic bag.
    2 years ago reply
  • Murali mohan

    Why public to be penalised ? It shows the inefficiency of the govt. Stop manufacturing and strictly adhere to ban.
    2 years ago reply
  • Rajiv

    Government must speed up to put plant and encourage to grow plastic eating bug which was found few months ago. However it's also a good move by BBMP to control over usage of plastic bags but with necessary norms like if an individual reusing it, they must not penalise. And firstly, put a control over the manufacturers, vendor then BBMP authorities would have thought of penalising individuals who carry plastic bags in public. This would have been a right way to implement plastic free city. Anyways it is every citizen responsibility to carry a non plastic bag with them always.
    2 years ago reply
  • Venkat

    What an idea? One more way of looting common man.First BBMP should have the courage to stop the manufacturing of plastic and to seize the stocks and come out of the corruption and pay the salaries of poor cleaners. Then we can think of clean and green city.
    2 years ago reply
  • Sumathi subramanya

    V. Essential decision,it should be aplicable to all, people must & should realize, & follow by using eco friendly bags with determination, that definitely solve the problem of pollution, leading to sustainable development.
    2 years ago reply
  • Ravindra

    The government should come with alternate solutions to replace the plastic. It is good to transform the available plastics to usable product like using as an asphalt in laying roads. It is not fair to pay penalty for public carrying plastic bags ,it might be bought long back. It is not an good idea to completely stop it , it should be re usable plastic , for example what will the packers use to cover the boxes from rain. What about water bottles? We should have the alternate before we put in rules. It’s an good initiative from govt. to ban plastic but should be in phase manner.
    2 years ago reply
    • Tenneti Venkata Ramakrishna

      No civic responsibility among public. I see them using plastic bags carelessly. We have so senseless minds always ask government to provide alternative. No self descipline. Good decision by BBMP
      2 years ago reply
  • Dwarakanath

    Hi, This will be a trend setting move by BBMP all the best, however the trend of 5 floors being built should be severely discouraged will your officers move with bulldozers, to demolish illegal buildings coming up in Kumara park West.
    2 years ago reply
    • Bala M

      Bengaluru is the only city where u will find 4storied building on a 20’*30* plot (. (600 Sft plot ) even with Road width of 20 feet or 15 feet or so U cannot do anything If u go to court your premises will b raised to find out some lacunae so that u will become a culprit . This is Bharat Nothing will change No body can change this system Live with it Take care of our family & help deserving people irrespective of any thing
      2 years ago reply
  • Nagaraj

    Stop & seize the facilities who are manufacturing plastic covers & distributed to retailers poor man who is carrying is only a sufferer paying for the authority fault why does he carry if plastic is not available !
    2 years ago reply
  • Krishnan

    Why the official penalising common public?..why cant they take action against the manufacturers? In my opinion first they should ban the Gutka and cigerattes...Are they afraid of gutka kings?
    2 years ago reply
  • Mohan

    BBMP is so interested in collecting fines rather than rectifying the already present issues in Bengaluru. First they need to perform their cleaning up duties and then worry about remaining problems which are secondary in nature. When you are quite aware that there exists a garbage mafia, try to hold them up and then enhance your preventive measures. What a bunch of idiots are employed in BBMP.
    2 years ago reply
    • Fary

      I completely agree with you. BBMP should first come up with solution to resolve garbage issue. Stop garbage magis if you are so confident to change this city.
      2 years ago reply
  • Prakash Savkoor

    Before punishing consumers
    2 years ago reply
  • Anitha A

    There should be a place where in common man can help the drive. When they see plastic cover being sold or used or manufactured, they should be able to report it. If they get an update on the action taken, it will be great initiative, which will booster the confidence in the authorities and the government.
    2 years ago reply
    • Karan

      Nice... Thy sell anything and everything, it's left to us whether we buy or not. So I guess we should stop buying so all will be kept unsold. Eventually no seller will buy from the manufacturer
      2 years ago reply
    • Ramesh

      First close all the plastic manufacturing industry and cancel their license. This will definitely close all plastic issue
      2 years ago reply
      • Jagan

        Certainly..
        2 years ago reply
      • Priyanka

        True
        2 years ago reply
  • Gopal

    Can BMP first give garbage free and good road and corruption free governance
    2 years ago reply
    • Parvathi Srirama

      First better to stop plastic manufacturing in the manufacture unit itself. Later penalisation for common man. First punish for illegal construction owners and who are not following by law. Without license commercial activities in residential area, illegal shops, pub and bars and so on. All because of BBMP officials are not favouring common citizens. All officials are helping for illegalities.
      2 years ago reply
      • Suma Athri

        It's a very good move by the Govt & we as citizens should be supportive to work towards a better place to live in. If each one of us pledge to reduce or reuse plastic, then we are creating a better future for all!!
        2 years ago reply
      • Dsouza

        OK. I carry my cloth or jute bag from home to buy grocery but what about the products that come packed in plastic cover? Will I be fined for that too?. ...
        2 years ago reply
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