Bangalore, July 2016: Karnataka’s ban on plastic is being systematically implemented, with the State Pollution control Board and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) staff conducting random checks and booking cases against offenders.

A total of 9,000 cases have been booked since the ban came into effect four months ago, said B Ramanath Rai, Minister for Forests and Environment. Fines totaling Rs. 52 lakh have been collected from offenders, and around 39,000 kgs of plastic items seized, he added.

The State Government had banned manufacture, sale, supply and use of plastic carry bags, banners, buntings, flex, flags, plates, cups, clingfilm, plastic sheets used for spreading on dining tables, products made of thermocol and micro-beads, citing hazards to the environment.

The police, commercial taxes and the transport departments have been directed to intensify crackdown on inter-state transportation of plastic items, the Minister added.


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