Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: In accordance with the ban notification on thin plastics, the Puducherry Pollution Control Committee (PPCC) has issued directions under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, to all manufacturers, dealers and stockists not to use, sell or store carry bags, disposal cups and plates less than 51 microns thick. A release from Member-Secretary of PPCC M. Sarathi said the notice was issued to 55 manufacturers and 22 stockists/dealers. Violators will be punished as per the Act, which may include a fine of up to Rs. 1 lakh, and imprisonment.