In order to ensure a 100 % success of the plastic ban campaign, the Bihar government has decided to set up two plastic waste processing units.
The first proposed waste processing unit will be set up in the north and the second in south Bihar.
According to the principal secretary of Urban Development and Housing Department Chaitanya Prasad an expression of interest for the proposed units will be floated soon.
The use of plastic bags was banned by the Bihar government in October last year.
The step was taken to curb pollution and make a Patna a cleaner city. And to implement the ban strictly, Patna Municipal Corporation imposed a penalty from December.
In rural areas, plastic bags were banned from January 14.
It was decided that those who used plastic bags for household purposes were to pay a penalty between INR 100 and 500, while those who littered public places and parks would be fined somewhere between INR 1000 and 5000.
Despite the state government’s ban on the use of plastic carry bags in urban areas, they are back in the market. According to UDHD officials, approximately 10,000 kg plastic has been confiscated from 1 lakh establishments till date.