From April 1st onwards, disposable plates and cups will be banned in this scenic hill station in the foothills of the Himalayas.

A popular tourist spot, Manali attracts a lot of visitors, particularly in the summer months. Disposable plates and cups are widely used, and by and large, no efforts are made to discard them in responsible manner, putting the fragile ecosystem at risk.

“Initially, the ban on use of disposable glasses and plates will be imposed in the main town area and extended later to areas falling under our entire jurisdiction,” Manali Municipal Council president Shabnam Tanwar said.

Manali authorities have already started a clean-up drive. Shopkeepers and households are fined Rs. 5,000 if garbage is found in front of their properties, and anyone who is caught littering is made to clean up the surroundings.

Plastic bags were banned in the entire state as far back as in 1995.


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