‘Plastic ban should be kept in abeyance for next three months’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Jun 2018 10:59:57




Business Bureau

The Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) urged the State Government to lift ban of the plastic for at least some time. Dipen Agrawal, President of the Chamber, called upon Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Mantralaya in Mumbai on Monday and discussed with him the issue that is giving tough time to all those who are directly or indirectly association with the banned material. Agrawal briefed the Chief Minister about the hardships being faced by common men, traders and manufacturers due to allegedly bad timing of implementation of plastic ban in the State particularly during the ongoing rainy season .He pleaded the Chief Minister to postponement of the ban for three months so that the affected persons could get time to over come the losses.According to Agrawal, Fadnavis

assured the chamber to look into the plight of citizens, trade and industries of Maharashtra with open mind and assured the visiting members to necessary action in the larger interest of the State. It is important to note that plastic bag manufacturers, traders and others are opposing the ban that has come into effect from June 23. Pune traders observed protest on Monday and alleged that authorities have been targeting small shop keepers and traders only since the ban was implemented. “Kirana owners, jewellery shops, general stores, gift shops and others are living under fear of raids and harassment. The authorities are creating terror and panic among the small shopkeepers,” he said. Vidarbha market may also see protest if Government fails to roll back the ban, he claimed.

“Plastic is the most viable and durable option used worldwide for packaging and carrying, however for pollution problem solution lies in proper disposal as there is no practical alternate to plastic.” Dipen Agrawal observed. Nearly 2,500 members of the association have left with the no option but to shut down their shops following the ban, he added and termed the ban as “discriminatory”Wholesalers and retailers across the State are bearing the burden of heavy fines for violating the ban. It is putting additional pressure on them and also forcing them to turn away many customers. On the other hand consumers have been complaining about inconvenience. They wondered whether the ban makes any sense,” he said.Dipen Agrawal also said that most of the civic body in the State have been failing to dispose off solid waste and the authorities are putting ban to cover up the failure in handing solid waste management.

“There is need to strengthen solid waste mangement system that is in place for collection of garbage. We need extra bins for garbage collection and it should be cleared periodically. However, the desired level of efficiency is lacking which is eventually leading to pollution,” he said.