Maharashtra Plastic Ban: Suburban railways in a fix over monitoring 80 lakh commuters

The suburban railways is frowning at the mammoth task of tracking who is a first-time violator and who a chronic offender, considering that 80 lakh people commute in the locals every day. The Indian Railways has written to the state government asking to be allowed to levy fines on commuters carrying banned plastic.

Once the state gives the greenlight to Central Railway and Western Railway, they will ask stationmasters and ticket checkers to catch offenders. “We are awaiting for directives from the state. We need to figure out how to take down Aadhaar/PAN card details of those commuters caught for carrying plastic. The ban will be difficult to enforce unless there is intervention of technology,” said a railway official.