Plastic ban as per schedule, says Maharashtra government

Neha Basudkar
Saturday, 23 June 2018

The minutes mentioned that the government is firm on its decision to not extend the plastic ban date

Pune: The State Government filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court on Friday mentioning the minutes of the discussion held recently of the expert committee on alternative to plastic. The minutes mentioned that the government is firm on its decision to not extend the plastic ban date.

Plastic will be banned from June 23.

Akhilesh Bhargav, member of the plastic task force committee, said, “Today the government had filed an affidavit in HC giving the minutes of the recently conducted meeting with the expert committee on finding an an alternative to plastic by July 20, people from the industry should be filling a rejoinder about it in HC. The government’s stand is still ambiguous, as they are not issuing a proper notice on which plastic items are banned and which are exempted.”

Neemit Punamiya, another committee member said that since the GR on plastic ban was published on March 23, the state government is firm on their decision and the ban will be implemented from June 23 itself.

“But since the matter has been taken to HC by the people from plastic industry, an expert committee was formed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam, to invite suggestions on alternatives to plastic. Because of this, the government has to file an affidavit after every expert committee meeting. The HC cannot take any decision to change or extend the plastic ban time period. Hence, in the affidavit submitted today to the HC by the government, the state has mentioned all the minutes of the meeting along with its decision saying that the plastic ban date has not been extended despite people from the industry requesting for an extension,” said Punamiya.

Bhargav also said that in the meeting held recently to discuss about alternative to plastic, they had presented the government with few suggestions, but it has not been finalised yet. “So now the people have to wait untill the government comes out with a specific alternative to plastic,” added Bhargava. 

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