Vijayawada: Following a directive from the State Government, Commissioner of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Natarajan Gulzar has issued orders prohibiting the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of plastic carry bags that have thickness less than 20 microns in the city.

Those who sell the bags are liable to pay a fine of Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 5,000, while those who throw them on public places will have to pay a fine of Rs. 250 to Rs. 500.