Pondy to ban single-use plastic products from 1 March

Puducherry: The Puducherry cabinet has decided to ban production, sale and use of single-use plastic products from 1 March, said Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.

“We want to gift a plastic free Puducherry to the future generation and curb the plastic in the larger interest of environment,” he said to reporters. He also added that a massive drive would be launched to create awareness among the merchants and the public regarding the same.

On 31 December, a nominated BJP MLA resorted to a dharna at the Assembly premises urging the Puducherry government to ban production, sale and use of plastic products in the Union Territory on the lines of neighbouring Tamilnadu.

The Tamilnadu government had in June 2018 announced that it would ban the use of plastic items, including non-biodegradable carry bags, from 1 January 2019 as a gift to future generations.

NT Bureau