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Midnapore: Be it tourists and traders, using one-time plastic or termocol plates, glass and carry bag at Bengal’s beach resort Digha will now draw a hefty spot fine.

East Midnapore Zila Parishad and Digha-Shankarpur Development Authority have jointly taken up the initiative in view of the ever-growing pollution in the holiday spot caused by plastic.

Zila Parishad head (Sabhadhipati) Debrata Das today 2 August told a news conference that they have decided to realise a fine of Rs 500 from anyone found using one-time plastic items at Digha.

The step has been taken as the previous appeals against littering of plastic failed to yield a result.

Hence, in its capacity as a local government body, the Zila Parishad has imposed the fine. Both police and Zila Parishad staff will collect the fine against a receipt through surprise raids, he said.

To raise awareness about the newly imposed penalty, Das today personally carried out a publicity drive in several parts of Old and New Digha with the help of loud speakers.

Digha-Shankarpur Development Authority will continue with the awareness drive over the next few weeks.

All the hotels and lodge at Digha have also been directed keep the tourists informed about the bar on use of plastic and the fine for violation.