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Bhubaneshwar: The Odisha government on Wednesday announced to impose ban on the use of plastic bags, which is likely to come into effect from October 2 that marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Considering the environmental awareness during ‘Ama Mukhyamantri Ama Katha’ programme at the state secretariat on Tuesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the ban on plastic will be imposed in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Berhampur and Sambalpur municipal corporations and Puri town from October 2 in the first phase.
The Chief Minister said the restrictions will first be imposed in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Puri and Rourkela.
“If we all plant trees and take care of it, the environment will be protected and human beings can live in good condition and we can work for the development of our family and society,” Patnaik added.
The Uttar Pradesh government has also announced a ban on plastic from July 15.
In Maharashtra, the plastic ban came into effect on June 23 with the state government imposing fines of Rs 5,000 for a first offence, Rs 10,000 for the second, and up to Rs 25,000 and a three-month jail term for repeated violations.