Plastic ban to be strictly implemented: Customers need not pay fine
Thiruvananthapuram: With the time given by the high court to start levying the fine ended, the state is going to take strict action to implement ban on singe-time use plastic. Levying fine will begin in the coming days. As the ban is on manufacturing, storage and distribution of plastic, no fine will be charged from the customers.
The high court had allowed 15 days before implementing the fine. This time limit ended on Wednesday. Principal Secretary of Department of Environment Dr. Usha Titus said that detailed guidelines will be issued in order to bring clarification on the ambiguities regarding the ban. Various departments have sought clarification about using banned plastic due to unavoidable circumstances.
A two-member expert team will be examining the issues and prepare the guidelines. Though the process is not complete yet, it has been decided to stop manufacturing, distribution, storage and selling. Major crisis is that a complete alternative for the banned items is not yet found.
The high court has directed that the officials should directly inspect the stock of banned plastic items. The officials should inform shop owners the date of inspection. Justice Amit Rawal suggested that a plan should be made to destroy the old stock. All Kerala Plastic Dealers Association had filed a petition and the court restricted taking action against the petitioners for stocking banned products.
Fine upto Rs 50,000
A fine of Rs 10,000 will be charged for first time offence. Rs 25,000 will be levied as fine if the offence is repeated for the second time. If it is repeated, the fine will be Rs 50,000. Also the license of the company will be cancelled.
Fine will be charged from manufacturers, wholesalers and sellers. Sub-divisional magistrates, pollution control board officials and local body secretaries are granted the authority for charging fine.