After a month-long awareness drives, rallies and workshops, the much-awaited ban on plastic carry bags came into force in the temple city on Gandhi Jayanti day.
Andhra Pradesh had banned plastic bags less than the stipulated 40-micron thickness but Tirupati put its best foot forward to shun such bags of all sizes.
The other items banned are disposable plastic-coated paper plates, thermocol plates, containers and dishes, water bottles less than holding the capacity of 500 ml and packaging covers less than 51-micron thickness.
Though considered a major milestone in ensuring a clean and green city, the authorities are perplexed how to ensure adherence and retailers are worried over the piled up stock on their shelves, while denizens are anxious over the quantum of fine in case of violation.
Manufacturers will be fined if found violating the ban — ?5,000 and ?15,000 for the first and second offense, but for the third offense, they will not only have to cough up ?25,000 but also lose their trade license.
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