Plastic bags banned in Bombay
"The media and environmental and citizens groups demanded that plastic bags be banned, so we are banning them"
- Maharashtra, chief minister
Bombay, India - The western Indian state of Maharashtra on Friday said it is banning most plastic bags, blaming them for choking drains and causing floods a month ago that left more than 1,000 people dead, most in Bombay.
Businesses caught using them would be fined 5,000 rupees ($114), while individuals would have to pay 1,000 rupees.