Berhampur, Dec 26 (LocalWire) Come New Year, traders in Silk City, who stocked the banned plastic and polythene items have to pay fine up to Rs 50,000.
Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) has decided to hike the fine amount ten folds for major commercial establishments, who possess banned plastic and polythene items by violating the government order.
While the maximum fine to the offender was earlier fixed at Rs 5,000, now it was increased up to Rs 50,000.
The decision to increase the fine amount was taken at the recent corporation meeting. It would be affective from January 1, 2019, said commissioner, Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) Chakravarti Singh Rathore.
“As the earlier fine up to Rs 5000 is being considered as a meager amount for major commercial establishments, which led to random violation of our order, we have decided to enhance it to Rs 50,000,” said the BeMC commissioner.
The fine amount would be considered taking into account stock of banned items and volumes of business of the trader, he said.
“The ultimate aim of increasing of the fine amount is to make Silk City free from plastic and polythene,” he added
The state government has banned the use, stock, manufacture and transport of plastic items in six cities, including Berhampur, from last October 2. Crackdown on stock of plastic in commercial establishments in the town, however, started from November 1.
During the period, the corporation has seized around 500 kg banned plastic and polythene items from different shops in the town and cash Rs 1.80 lakh fine have been collected so far. As many as 11 shops have been seized during the raids, he said.
“Stock and use of plastic items in the city were drastically reduced after the corporation launched a crackdown on it. Now, the stock of polythene and plastic items is again being reported in major commercial establishments,” he said.
“We hope they will not be use the banned plastic items any more with this increased fine amount,” he added.
The BeMC earlier decided to cancel trade license of retailers, who repeatedly used these banned materials, and to cancel the lease of municipal cabin, if any retailer uses plastic and polythene there.