Uttar Pradesh government has banned the use of polythene bags and items of common use made of plastic from July 15, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today. “We have decided to ban plastic in the entire state from July 15,” he said on Twitter. “I appeal that after July 15 plastic cups, glasses and polythene should not be used at any level. This will need the cooperation of all of you,” the message in Hindi, released by the CM’s office, said. The UP moves comes within days of a similar ban coming into effect in Maharashtra. Adityanath’s tweet did not give further details. It was not immediately clear if there were any exemptions to the ban, and no details of penalties were announced.
The chief minister made the initial announcement earlier in the day in Barabanki, while addressing a `van mahotsav’. “We have issued an order banning use of plastic in the entire state from July 15,” he said there. “I appeal to the people not to use cups and glasses made of plastic and polythene from July 15. All of us have should work together for this,” he said.