Department of Science and Technology and Environment of Tripura in a notification has imposed a complete ban on the manufacture, storing, transporting, sale and use of plastic carry bags across the state.
By section 5 of the Environment Protection Act 1986 and also the powers conferred to the state, the government of Tripura has banned the use of plastic.
The order said, in case of violation of the directions the department has set a chart of penalty to be imposed to ensure effective implementation of the order.
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 offense, Rs 2,000 for second and Rs 3,000 for a third subsequent offense.
According to the notification, for the temporary or mobile shop Rs 500 for the first offense, Rs 1,000 for second and Rs, 1,500 for third or subsequent offense. The individual users would be penalized by Rs 100.
Meanwhile, 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 “authorized officer” designated to implement the ban in their respective jurisdiction.
An amount collected as “pollution cost” will be centrally deposited in the savings account of the 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 utilization of funds collected in the account for audit purposes.
It is clear that at the time of the 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.