The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to ban all plastic bags, no matter what the micron level, at all civic buildings, including hospitals and markets, from today.
Currently, there is a ban on plastic bags below 50 microns that came into effect after the 2005 deluge, as the material was considered the main reason for choking city drains.
Any person spotted carrying plastic in the BMC premises will be shown the door, according to the new directive. “The ban will be implemented from July 1 and we hope citizens will cooperate,” said Rajendra Bhosle, deputy municipal commissioner.
He added, “We will seize plastic carry bags brought by citizens. We cannot fine them.”
The ban will be implemented in all 24 ward office buildings, the headquarters at Fort and all hospitals including KEM, Sion and Nair hospitals, plus all civic markets.
The BMC has formed a squad and started a month-long drive against plastic carry bags of less than 50 microns, which will continue till July 17.