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Maharashtra govt softens plastic ban after industry lobbying

The government banned the sale of plastic bottles containing drinking water less under 200 millilitres

Sankalp Phartiyal & Rajendra Jadhav | Reuters  |  Mumbai 

Maharashtra has eased a ban against single-use plastic, just over a week after it was imposed, following what sources said was intense lobbying by multinational companies and plastic industry bodies for softer rules and extensions. Maharashtra, home to India's financial capital of Mumbai, has allowed e-commerce companies to use plastic packaging for three more months, according to a government order dated June 30, which was published on Tuesday. During these three months, e-commerce firms will have to come up with a buyback plan to collect used plastic packaging material, ...

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First Published: Wed, July 04 2018. 00:27 IST