From June 23, Mumbai civic body can fine you up to ₹10,000 for using plastic bags

From June 23, the day the Mumbai civic body’s plastic ban comes into effect, you could be fined up to Rs10,000 if you are seen carrying a plastic bag or taking one from a vendor.

To enforce its ban effectively, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has published a list of inspectors, who will keep an eye on shops across the city. Soon, the BMC will publish two more lists of inspectors — one for markets and malls, and the second to supervise street hawkers. These inspectors, all employees of BMC’s different departments, are authorised to fine citizens and vendors. “Right away, the BMC will begin to fine shopkeepers for handing out plastic items, and citizens who take them,” said Nidhi Chaudhari, deputy municipal commissioner in-charge of markets and the license departments. Chaudhari said the civic body gave citizens three months to get used to using paper and cloth bags.