Polythene will be banned at all national monuments from October 2, the second anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission which coincides with Gandhi Jayanti. With the trial phase of the initiative launched last month, the ban will be applicable in 100-metre radius of the monuments.
The initiative will be reviewed after a month to decide whether there is any need to impose fines on the offenders, an official said. The Centre had in March banned the manufacture of plastic bags of below 50 microns as these are difficult to dispose of thus posing a major threat to the environment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on October 2, 2014. It aims to eliminate open defecation, manual scavenging and encourage modern and scientific municipal solid waste management, among others.
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