Six months after Maharashtra imposed its ban on plastics, raising fears of job losses and a sizeable financial impact on local industry, urban bodies in the State have reported reductions in plastic waste of up to 40%, officials said.
This even as the State’s Finance Department is still studying the impact of the ban, which has resulted in thousands of manufacturing units for plastic bags shutting down or switching to other products.
“The overall impact of the churning on the State Gross Domestic Product (SGDP) would be visible only next year,” Anil Diggikar, Principal Secretary – Environment, told The Hindu. “We are happy plastic waste has reported a drop of up to 40% in the local corporations.”
The manufacturing industry claims the ban has hit industry hard, with a loss of ₹15,000 crore and rendering almost 3 lakh people jobless. “This is going to lead to mass scale unemployment,” Parshotam Kumar, president, All India Plastic Industries Association, told The Hindu. “The question is why did the government give licences in the first place to manufacturing units making thinner bags. Many of these [bags] were even allowed to come in from Daman,” Mr. Kumar said.