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Odisha Govt Bans Plastic In Six Cities Of State

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| October 2 , 2018 , 16:24 IST

On the 149th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Odisha government on Tuesday banned the use of plastic in six major cities of the state.

The cities where the Odisha government has banned the use of plastic are Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Puri.

In a press statement the Forest and Environment Department said, "No person, by himself or another, shall knowingly or otherwise, sell, trade, manufacture, import, store, carry, transport, use or distribute polythene and single-use plastic within the municipal limits, or as the case may be within the municipal corporation limits of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Puri."

The ban, however, excludes plastic for carrying and transporting garbage and containers like a cup for milk products including curd and ice-cream, polythene packaging materials used in plant nurseries, horticulture, agriculture and healthcare sector like medicines, blood transportation bags, syringes, sample or specimen bags, re-sealable bags, medical instruments and accessories.

Also Read: No Plastic Cups, Glass, Polythene In Uttar Pradesh From 15 July: CM Yogi Adityanath 

The state government made it clear that if anyone violates the order it be manufacturers, dealers, and major commercial establishments will face a punishment of five years of imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh.

Small traders could also face a penalty of Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 for violating the norms for the use of plastic.

The state government has asked concerned district collectors and sub-collectors to ensure the ban norms with some flexibility in next one month.

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Ananta Jena said teams comprising officials of the Labour Department, BMC, Odisha State Pollution Control Board and the Police Commissioner have been formed to ensure the ban on the use of plastic.

Jena said, "The teams will make people aware against the use of plastic and polythene. Notices have been served on plastic and polythene manufacturing companies while raids will be conducted on godowns where these items are stocked."

(With Inputs From IANS)