Plastic ban kicks off in Mumbai, but penalties put off till June 25

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Multinational eateries, schools fined; vendors hit as goods are seized.

The country’s commercial capital on Saturday became the first major city to embrace a tough plastic-free regime, even as the rains made the transition from the ubiquitous polythene carry-bag a tricky affair.

The municipal authorities, meanwhile, decided to defer penal action against users and small traders till Monday, and said the weekend would be used to generate awareness.

Plastic ban kicks off in Mumbai, but penalties put off till June 25

However, not everyone got off lightly. Some big eateries in the tony suburb of Bandra, including a Starbucks and McDonald’s outlet, faced action for plastic articles found on their premises. A senior official said three such outlets were fined ₹5,000 each, while the fast-food outlet would face further proceedings as it refused to pay up. In the neighbouring districts of Thane and Navi Mumbai,the official machinery kicked off the drive in earnest — 100 people were fined ₹95,000 for violations in Thane, while ₹35,000 was collected in fines at Navi Mumbai and plastic goods seized. The Panvel City Municipal Corporation even penalised the Kharghar-based DAV School’s canteen for using plastic spoons and glasses.

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