43% shopkeepers unaware about plastic ban in Maharashtra

85% of shopkeepers said that they are aware of pollution caused by plastic bags, read the survey report.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: As the Maharashtra government plans to introduce a state-wide ban on the use of plastic carry bags from Sunday, city-based survey across 525 shops including malls, mid-range shops and street vendors, found that 43% of all shopkeepers didn’t know about the ban.

Shops that were aware of the ban, 51% of the shops have not planned for any alternative for plastic carry bags, and 93% said they did not receive any help from the state government so far in implementing alternatives to plastic bags. In order to check our preparations as a city in order to enforce this ban, around 50 students from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in partnership with the environment group (GreenLine) conducted the survey with teams travelling from Colaba causeway in south Mumbai to Dadar, Parel, Bandra and all the way up to Mulund, Ghatkopar and Dahisar.

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