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"However, the official concerned gave me a receipt regarding the reopening of the Sterlite plant, which is condemnable," he said.
Odisha government on Friday asked departments concerned and district collectors to strictly enforce the plastic ban order across the State.
Representing the petitioners, Advocate Narra Srinivasa Rao urged the High Court to suspend the order banning manufacture, use, distribution and sale of single-use plastic.
Common residential units violating the ban order will have to pay fine between Rs 200 and Rs 1,000 range in the first three instances after which criminal proceedings will be initiated against them.
Officials are still continuing random inspection in various areas but the civic body has directed its team to go one step further and seal those shops violating the ban repeatedly.
Top officials said that the State generated an average plastic waste output of 1,178 tonnes per day during 2020-21.
According to vendors, the major reason for the prevalence of single-use plastic is affordability, lack of cheaper alternatives and lack of awareness of the ban.
Many of them said some of the suppliers are storing bags in residential buildings and considering this issue, the corporation has decided to levy a fine on building owners too in such cases.
Though the mayor had given them an ultimatum, officials said the corporation allotted some more time for merchants as it received so many requests from them.
“Also, the electricity distributor in the area has been directed to cut off the supply of these 14 units so that they are not able to function,” said a senior DPCC official.
All complaints related to the violation of the ban and action taken by the direct enforcement teams will be received at the control room, an official said.
The Central government banned 19 single-use plastic products from the beginning of July, but the implementation is still lenient in many states of the country including the national capital.
The control room will operate daily from 9.30 am to 6 pm till July 31 and provide guidance and information as may be sought by various stakeholders regarding the ban.
Though the ban has come for appreciation from many, people are of the opinion that it will be successful only when production of banned plastics is completely stopped.
The current ban covers items, which have a low utility and high littering potential, which are not widely used by large consumer companies and hence will have a limited impact for now.
To spread awareness about the recently implemented ban on single-use plastic (SUP) items, the government will impart training to the members of various eco-clubs in the city.
Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Sunday said the government will request the Centre to reduce GST on raw materials for production of alternatives to single-use plastic items.
The government’s decision to ban single-use plastic (SUP) products has left the daily retailers of prominent markets in the national capital in a state of bewilderment.
Imposition of fine on violators will also come into immediate effect from Friday.