- The ban would cover the production, use, storage, sale, distribution, import and transportation of plastic.
- Those violating the ban would be fined Rs 25,000 and could also face a three-year jail term, said Kadam.
- Plastic used to cover medicines, forest and horticulture products, solid waste, tree saplings and the use of plastic in special economic zones for export purposes would be exempted from the ban. Plastic covers and wrappers used for manufactured and processed products would also be exempt, he said.
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) March 16, 2018
Plastic bags, thermocol, disposable cups and plates, cutlery, non-woven polypropylene bags, plastic pouches and packaging would be banned, said Ramdas Kadam, the Environment Minister.
Now, the Maharashtra government’s decision is being supported by the celebrities:
Aaditya Thackeray, Yuva Sena President who conceptualised it tweeted, “Finally a project I was working closely on with Minister @iramdaskadam ji who initiated the plastic ban, has been approved by the Cabinet. I’m extremely happy that this focused ban on single use plastics will take effect soon. This was needed to protect our environment.”
Finally a project I was working closely on with Minister @iramdaskadam ji who initiated the plastic ban, has been approved by the Cabinet. I’m extremely happy that this focused ban on single use plastics will take effect soon. This was needed to protect our environment (1/2)
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) March 15, 2018
Actor Abhishek Bachchan tweeted, “This is great! Well done @AUThackeray. Now we all need to participate and make this a success.”
Actor Riteish Deshmukh tweeted, “ Great & a bold decision by the Government of Maharashtra to ban plastic. Heartiest Congratulations to our hon CM Shri @Dev_Fadnavis, Shri @iramdaskadam and the entire team. ……over to you rest of India.”
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) March 16, 2018
Actor Diya Mirza tweeted, “A gift to the environment is a gift to citizens! Thank you @AUThackeray. We the citizens will do everything we can to ensure that this is a success!”
Actor Jaccky Bhagnani tweeted, “This was a much needed step @AUThackeray! Let us all march towards a better future #ReUse #Refuse #Recycle.”