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Day One of plastic ban: what do shopkeepers say?

Municipal inspectors in blue jacket seen at Crawford market in south Mumbai, educating shopkeepers and small stall owners about ban on plastic bags.

Municipal inspectors in blue jacket seen at Crawford market in south Mumbai, educating shopkeepers and small stall owners about ban on plastic bags.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

The country’s commercial capital on Saturday became the first major city to embrace a tough plastic-free regime, even as the rains made the transition from the ubiquitous polythene carry-bag a tricky affair.

The Hindu visits some of the city's busiest shopping destinations to gauge the effect of the ban on plastic items, and finds limited compliance.

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