You'll be fined Rs 5000 if you carry thin plastic bags
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 11-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 11: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has temporarily banned use of non-biodegradable plastic bags which are less than 50 microns in Delhi. It also imposed a fine of 5000 rupees on anyone found in possession of such banned plastic.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said thin plastic bags were one of the principal ingredients of environment hazards in Delhi. NGT announced an environment compensation of 5,000 rupees on anyone found in possession of such banned plastic. 

"There shall be complete prohibition on use of plastic carry bags in entire NCT of Delhi for any purpose whatsoever, the plastic which is non-compostable and below 50 microns," the bench said.

"Public authorities have failed to implement the directions and take preventive and precautionary steps, which is their statutory obligation," it said.

The tribunal has directed the Delhi government to seize the entire stock of plastic within one week. Vegetable vendors and slaughterhouses will be fined 10000 rupees if they throw garbage in public places.

The Tribunal also asked the city government and the DPCC to file an affidavit and inform it about the directions being implemented with regard to waste management in the city, particularly in the case of plastics.

Notably, under the new Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, the permissible thickness of plastic bags was raised from 40 microns to 50 microns.