Plastic ban in Maharashtra: First-time offenders will have to cough up? 5,000 as fine from June 24

From Sunday, be prepared to pay a fine of ?5,000 for carrying any plastic item.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) last week tabled a proposal to keep the fine between ?200 and ?1,000, with different amount for shops in malls, shopkeepers, street vendors, hotels, restaurants and citizens. The law committee of the civic body, however, deferred the proposal, after principal secretary of the state environment department Anil Diggikar expressed reservations over it. BMC can put forth the proposal again, but a senior civic official said it is unlikely.