In a bid to implement the ban on plastics in the state in toto, the Tamil Nadu government Wednesday proposed imposing fine on use and throw plastic items, including Rs one lakh for a third time offender.
In an environment-friendly move, the state government banned the use of 14 types of plastics, including carry bags, with effect from January 1, 2019.
According to the Tamil Nadu Panchayats (Second Amendment) Act, 2019 penalties for storage, supply, transport, sale and distribution of use and throw plastics, the highest amount of fine for third time offence will be Rs one lakh.
It will be Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 for the first and second time offences.
The government also proposed to levy fines for large small vendors, commercial complexes and grocery shops, ranging from about Rs 500 to Rs 25,000 for a third time offence.
The ban came into force from January 1, with scores of commercial establishments largely switching over to eco-friendly cloth and paper bags.
Officials are also carrying periodic checks to ensure no banned items were available in the market.
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