Not a fine move: Trader flouts plas­tic ban norm, pays ₹5,000 penalty in coins

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Ram Par­mar

PALGHAR: Charged ₹5,000 fine for stor­ing banned plas­tic bags, a trader from Nalla Sopara, Amit Me­hta, 43, de­cided to pay in the same coin, lit­er­ally. He reached the lo­cal civic head­quar­ters with plas­tic bags car­ry­ing the amount in coins on Thurs­day, en­sur­ing two civic em­ploy­ees had to spend an hour count­ing it. At the end of the or­deal, when the staff pointed out that ₹70 was less, he paid that too in coins.

In the wake of the plas­tic ban in the state, the Va­sai civic body has started a crack­down against traders us­ing it. Dur­ing a raid at his pack­ag­ing ma­te­rial shop on Wed­nes­day, Me­hta was found to be hoard­ing thin plas­tic bags and is­sued a chal­lan to pay a fine. Fail­ing to pay the amount in­vites civic ac­tion, in­clud­ing sus­pen­sion of li­cence for the shop.

“Me­hta came to our of­fice in the af­ter­noon with three plas­tic bags full of coins. We told him he pay the amount on­line in­stead of do­ing this, but he said he was not net­savvy and only had coins. When asked why he got plas­tic bags, when he could have used a cloth one, he smirked,” said Sukhdev Darveshi, as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, Va­sai civic cor­po­ra­tion.

“Two of our em­ploy­ees then had to sit and count the coins, all in de­nom­i­na­tions of ₹1, ₹2, ₹5 and ₹10. On re­al­is­ing the amount fell short of ₹70, we called Me­hta. He came to our of­fice again and paid the amount in coins,” said Darveshi.

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One of the of­fi­cers with the pack­ets of coins.

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