The state government in March this year imposed a ban on manufacturing, use, sale, distribution and storage of plastic materials such as one-time-use bags, spoons, plates, PET and PETE bottles and thermocol items.
The ban came into force on June 23.
The ban prescribes Rs 5,000 fine for the first-time offenders and Rs 10,000 for the second-time offenders. Those who violate the ban for the third time will face a fine of Rs 25,000, along with a three-month imprisonment.
Aaditya said that feedback received from the common man about banning plastic was good.
"When there was no ban, there was a movement among citizens' groups for creating awareness against plastic. I apologise for problems in implementation of the ban," he said.
When asked about the Rs 5,000 fine, which many people feel is steep, Aaditya said it was necessary as it is supposed to act as a deterrent.
He refused to comment on the criticism of the plastic ban and the fine amount by his estranged uncle and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.
Aaditya said the ban on plastic is already in force in 17 states. "For six months, we studied the plastic ban in all these places," he recalled.
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