The Minister has also called a high-level meeting with the officials of various departments to deliberate upon the alternatives to plastic that could be looked upon to packaged water, and prepare a strategy to put an end to single-use plastic water bottles.
The representatives from various manufacturing units of plastic bottles as well as the suppliers of packaged drinking water would be invited in the meeting for a brainstorming session.
The government believes since access to water is a fundamental right, a ban cannot be imposed on the sale of water. Therefore, finding an alternative solution to plastic water bottles is necessary.
According to informed sources, the government wants to get rid of the different sized bottles used for packaged water as well as sealed plastic glasses (filled with water) in a phased manner.
"Alternatives should be found to plastic packaging and we should become leaders using 'Make in India'. We should see how we can take a lead in this field. PM Modi had on August 15 appealed to the nation to put an end to the single-use plastic which is extremely harmful to the environment. This will majorly affect the water sold in plastic bottles," the Minister said on the sidelines of an event.
Sources said the government is also preparing a list of products that utilise single-use plastic in large quantities, to ban their usage.