CAN RLY FINE PAS­SEN­GERS? NO­BODY KNOWS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

MUMBAI: In ab­sence of clear di­rec­tives from the state gov­ern­ment or civic bod­ies, rail­way au­thor­i­ties in Mumbai and its satel­lite towns are con­fused about im­ple­men­ta­tion of the plas­tic ban on their premises.

Rail­way of­fi­cials said they had taken ad­e­quate steps to bar peo­ple from us­ing plas­tic and ther­mo­col prod­ucts. But they con­ceded that they are in dark about penalty.

They had sought clar­i­fi­ca­tion from the state and civic au­thor­i­ties about the plas­tic ban and fine, but they are yet to re­ceive any re­sponse. “We have writ­ten to the state gov­ern­ment, seek­ing their per­mis­sion to charge fine. We might charge the fines un­der anti-lit­ter­ing and au­tho­rise sta­tion masters and ticket check­ers to do so,” said a se­nior rail­way of­fi­cer. CR and WR said an­other grey area is re­lated to pas­sen­gers who ar­rive from other state where there is no ban on plas­tic. Th­ese pas­sen­gers will not be aware of the ban.

CR and WR have di­rected their ven­dors to stop us­ing banned plas­tic items.

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