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Plastic penalty from Dec. 16

Ranchi district officials held a meeting with the civic body authorities on Monday to chalk out an action plan to make the capital plastic-free. The move follows a state government’s directive, banning polythene bags below 50-micron density.

At the meeting, which was chaired by deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey, it was decided that from December 16 onwards, anyone caught red-handed using polythene bags below 50 micron would face penalty.

Choubey has asked Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) officials to fix the fine amount by December 15 and announce the same.

This is not all.

The deputy commissioner has told the civic guardians to constitute raid teams for surprise inspections. The inspections should begin from December 16. None — be it wholesalers, retailers, hawkers or shopkeepers — will be spared. “In case a customer is found carrying polythene bag below 50 micron from a shop, penalty will be slapped on both the parties for using the banned product,” said Choubey.

He further instructed the civic body to ensure that all new hoardings put up by it convey the message of making the city free from plastic.

“Plastic is neither safe nor strong enough to carry goods. It is much better to use cloth or jute bags for heavy objects and paper bags for lighter items,” Choubey told The Telegraph, adding that RMC had distributed around 20,000 jute and paper bags in different localities in July-August. Around 30,000 more will be distributed.

The meeting was attended by RMC administrator Dipankar Panda, deputy administrator Shailendra Lal, SDO Amit Kumar, among others.