The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 10 August 2017 imposed an interim ban on the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags that are less than 50 microns in Delhi, the national capital.
The announcement was made by a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar. The bench also announced an environment compensation of Rs 5000 on anyone found in possession of the banned bags.
The bench directed the AAP-led state government and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to file an affidavit by a senior most officer and inform it on how the directions with regard to waste management in the city were being implemented particularly in respect to plastics.
Further, the bench also directed the state government to confiscate the entire stock of plastic within one week starting immediately.
The NGT had in 2016 banned the use of disposable plastic in Delhi and NCR with effect from 1 January 2017 and had directed the state government to take necessary steps against the storage, sale and use of such plastic bags.
The state government was also asked to take action to ensure a reduction in dumped waste.
The tribunal had also demanded imposition of fine amounting to Rs 10000 on vegetable vendors and slaughter houses for throwing out garbage in public places.
On 31 July 2017, the tribunal slammed the Delhi government over the haphazard use of plastic in the national capital city despite its prohibition.
The bench had then directed the AAP government to strictly enforce the ban order in the city and provide a status report on the issue.
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