The Tripura govt has imposed a complete ban on manufacture, import, storing, transporting, sale and use of plastic carry bags across the state

Agartala: The department of science, technology and environment of Tripura in a notification has imposed a complete ban on the manufacture, import, storing, transporting, sale and use of plastic carry bags across the state.

The state government in exercise of the powers conferred by section 5 of the Environment Protection Act 1986 (29 of 1986), and also the powers conferred to the state (vide notification dated July 25, 1991 under section 23 of the Environment Protection Rules, 1986), the government of Tripura has banned the use of plastic.

The order copy said, to ensure effective implementation of the order and in case of violation of the directions the department has set a chart of penalty to be imposed.

The penalty is also known as “pollution cost” to be imposed over the permanent shops /establishments is Rs 1,000 in case of the first offence, Rs 2,000 for second and Rs 3,000 for third subsequent offence.

For the temporary or mobile shop, Rs 500 for the first offence, Rs 1,000 for second and Rs 1,500 for third or subsequent offence. The individual users would be penalised by Rs 100, said the notification.

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However, such pollution cost will be imposed by the officer, not below the rank of assistant sub-inspector of police under control of sub divisional police officer (SDPO) in each subdivision and also by the “authorised officer” designated to implement the ban in their respective jurisdiction.

The amount collected as “pollution cost” will be centrally deposited in the savings account of member secretary, Tripura State Pollution Control Board and the fund would be for the purpose of environment upgrade in the state.

Tripura State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) will look after the overall function of the Bank Account and also proper utilisation of funds collected in the account for audit purposes.

It is made clear that at the time of imposition of pollution cost and collection from the shop keepers or from any individual proper receipt should be given by all concerned as a document.

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