By Ankush Bandyopadhyay
Express News Service
In a bid to protest the proposed ban by the state government on plastic
products, beginning March 18, the Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers
Association (MPMA), along with other associations of plastic manufacturers and
traders on Friday held a demonstration at Azad Maidan.
The protest, attended by over 1,000 people, saw traders, factory workers and
manufacturers from all over Maharashtra including Nashik, Nagpur and
Aurangabad, protesting the ban. The protestors carried placards that read,
‘Plastic is not bad – littering is bad, stop littering’ and ‘Remember the 4 Rs
of plastics: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover’.
According to Ravi Jashnani, president of the MPMA, “For the past several
months, we have been trying to bring the drawbacks of such a blanket ban on
plastic usage and production to the notice of the government and also to
enhance awareness amongst the public.”
Kaushik Sanghvi, the secretary of the Plastic Manufacturers Social Welfare
Association, said their demands were reasonable and in the interest of all
concerned. “It is not that we protest for the sake of protesting. We want to
work together with authorities in ensuring that plastic does not cause any
damage to the environment,” Sanghvi said.
Jashnani said the ban would adversely affect employment and revenue
generation. Members of the associations also said they were keen to work with
the Maharashtra Government to find viable alternatives.
Ankush Bandyopadhyay is a student of NSoJ and is an intern with Indian Express, Mumbai