Today, the Uttar Pradesh administration, headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has announced a major decision to place a ban over utilization of plastic all over the state from July 15.
“I hope people will stop using plastic cups, glass, and polythene at every level from July 15. We will require everyone’s cooperation to implement this move,” stated Yogi Adityanath in a statement.
Uttar Pradesh will become the second state after Maharashtra to implement a prohibition on plastic usage in recent days.
CM Adityanath also said, “We have decided to implement a complete ban on plastic in the state from July 15. I seek support of you all in this effort. I urge everyone to stop use of plastic cup, glass and polythene after July 15.”
On March 23, the Maharashtra administration has placed a ban on production, usage, sale, supply and storage of plastic items like single use bags, spoons, plates, PET and PETE bottles and thermocol items.
The administration offered 3 months time to get rid of the active stocks that came to an end on June 23, and made the declaration that it would charge a fine of Rs 5,000 for the initial wrongdoing, Rs 10,000 for the second offence, and around Rs 25,000 along with a 3 month jail term for repetitive non-compliances of the ruling.
But, the administration of Devendra Fadnavis, forwarded a notice on July 3, relieving the constraints on one-time-use plastic goods. The administration’s notice permits the retail merchants and wholesalers to carry grain as well as groceries in plastic bags more than 50 microns thick. However the packaging has to reveal the makers’ name, the category of plastic, and its trade in price, the administration added.
During December 2015, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet had given approval to an absolute state wide prohibition on the distribution, production and trade of polythene bags of 40 microns thickness and below.
It rolled out the order accompanying an Allahabad High Court direction the previous month.