It’s costly: BMC looking for funds to carry out Maharashtra government’s plastic ban

Implementing state government’s decision of plastic ban is becoming a costly affair for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as the civic body has already spent around Rs 64 crore to create awareness among people and now it needs more money to continue the same.

The BMC has been planning to hold a couple of more exhibitions in the city on alternatives to banned plastic to make people aware. According to an official part of the BMC’s plastic ban team, the civic body is now looking for a source to fund the plastic ban mission. “We have already spent Rs 64 lakh on plastic ban, mostly in creating awareness,” said a senior civic official. He added that the civic body spent around Rs 25 lakh on four days of the exhibition at Worli. “We have to hold similar exhibitions in other parts of the city and on available alternatives to plastic,” said the official.