‘Plastic ban forcing industry out of the state’

Neha Basudkar
Monday, 13 August 2018

Pune: The inflexible policies of Maharashtra government on the plastic ban is forcing the plastic manufacturing industry owners to shift their business and infrastructure to others states where the government has flexible policies and more focus on recycling systems.

Pune: The inflexible policies of Maharashtra government on the plastic ban is forcing the plastic manufacturing industry owners to shift their business and infrastructure to others states where the government has flexible policies and more focus on recycling systems.

According to Vijaykumar V, President of Karnataka State Plastic Association, plastic industries in Maharashtra will soon be shifting their business and the whole infrastructure to other states of the country. Vijaykumar said, “Recently, the government in Andhra Pradesh is coming out with a new policy to fight plastic pollution rather than putting a ban on single-use plastic pollution. They will be coming out with new stringent rules to be issued through a government order soon. Also, Telangana has invited the plastic manufacturers to their state, as they will have control over plastic production, the focus will be on recycling policies and the lawbreakers will be fined heavily.”  

Vijaykumar also said, “Plastic associations from Aurangabad have released a statement stating that they will not be allowed to do business in Maharashtra and they are planning to move to other states where there are flexible rules and policies of plastic manufacturing and recycling,” Nikhil Rathi, Secretary of Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association, said, “In the state notification on the plastic ban, it was mentioned that the plastic manufacturing will be also prohibited, so  most of them were planning to shift their business. There are more than 3,000 plastic manufacturing units in the state, and now more than 50 per cent of the manufacturing industries have shifted to other states, mostly in Gujarat and now in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as well.” “Also, those units, which were unable to shift to other states have converted into paper manufacturing industries,” Rathi added.

Ravi Jashnani, President of Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association, said, “Before the ban, all the associations from all over the states used to have meetings on regular basis. Now, everyone is taking their individual decisions. This has happened because the industry owners have lost the trust. So without the consent of the association, plastic industry owners have started taking their own calls to shift to other states or to convert their business. Due to this reason, even we do not have proper statistics of the owners shifting or converting their business.”

Following suit
After Maharashtra, Odisha government plans on implementation of the plastic ban from October 2 and Tamil Nadu is going to implement the ban from January 1, 2019. 
 The plastic issue started in 2005 from the hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh where it was suggested that plastic should be banned to protect the environment. 
Nearly 70 per cent of the plastic all over India is already being recycled and there is about five crore of rag pickers across the country. Also, maximum employment is in the plastic industry - be it organised or unorganised.
 Also, the plastic industry does not take any subsidy from the government nor any support from them.

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