It was a buzzing Sunday on Day 2 of the plastic ban for shops across the state – not in terms of business, but with respect to the flurry of activity from the relentless raids by the respective civic bodies and the fines slapped on establishments found in possession of banned items.
On Day 2 of the ban on single-use plastic, BMC fined 72 shops of the 867 inspected establishments. Also, inspection report was issued to five shops for not paying fine. Most of this happened in Chembur and surrounding areas.
On Sunday’s action, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (special) Nidhi Choudhary tweeted, “Squads visited 867 establishments so far Banned Plastic found at 72 shops IR given to 5 (for not paying fine) Total plastic seized 591.67 kg Best thing is less than 10% were found with products under #PlasticBan. Most have complied to #PlasticBan Kudos to Mumbaikars (sic)”.
In Pune, locals seemed to have made peace with the ban, as no protests were reported. While small-scale businesses did use plastic on the sly for rangoli and cut vegetables, most citizens were seen carrying cloth bags for shopping.
Sunday saw no civic action in Pune, leading to a few, mainly meat shops, using plastic bags. Deputy chief of PMC Suresh Jagtap said, “Today [Sunday] being a holiday, we didn’t conduct any raid; but tomorrow, we will go full throttle. We’ve appealed to citizens to hand over plastic in their homes to the respective ward office.”
867 Number of establish-ments inspected
72 Number of shops fined
591 kg Quantity of plastic seized
73 Number of establish-ments fined in Pune city
61 Number of shops fined in Pimpri-Chinchwad
Rs 3.35 lakh Amount collected in fine in Mumbai
Rs 3.69 lakh Amount collected in fine from Pune city
8,711 kg Quantity of plastic seized from Pune
Rs 3.40l Amount collected in fine from Pimpri-Chinchwad
5,031 kg Quantity of plastic seized from Pimpri-Chinchwad
* Over 2,000 kirana shops did not open due to fear of penalties.
* Around 2.5 lakh mithai/farsan/dry fruits/dry snacks shops across the state saw a 25% dip in business.
* Thousands of juice/ dairy shops’ business dropped by 25% due to the ban.
* Many artificial imitation jewellery stores stayed shut over the weekend.