Bengaluru: Justice Subhash Adi, head of the state-level committee on Sunday warned the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) that he would file a case against it with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) if it fails to get rid of all the banned plastic from the city by September 1. He gave the warning in order to ensure that sustainable solid waste management is implemented.

Justice Adi asked why Bengaluru is failing so horribly when local bodies in districts have been able to stop plastic consumption. He asked this in a meeting held with stakeholders from south zone.

The committee led by Justice Adi was set up by the NGT and he is meeting stakeholders from different zones to ensure sustainable waste management.

He asked the BBMP to conduct raids across the city to root out plastic at a meeting of west zone stakeholders earlier this month.

Senior civic officials admitted that plastic makes for a huge chunk of mixed waste. They added that they are trying to eradicate plastic in the city but that they are unable to stop it completely.

Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun reportedly said that raids are underway and that by August-end, we will ensure that there will not be any plastic in Bengaluru.

According to reports, more than 700 shops have been raided over the past few days and 768kg of plastic has been seized. A penalty of Rs 4,18,000 has been levied on offenders.