New Delhi: A plastic manufacturers` association on Tuesday approached the Delhi High Court challenging the city government`s notification imposing a blanket ban on plastic bags in the capital.
A bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notices to the Centre and the city government and sought their replies by November 23 on a plea by All India Plastic Industries Association (AIPIA) against the October 23 notification.
The notification, under which no person can manufacture, import, store, sell or transport any kind of plastic bag in the city, will come into force from November 23.
The court also issued notice to all the civic bodies, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), Delhi Cantonment Board and Green Planet Waste Management Pvt Ltd.
According to the notification, from November 23 all kinds of plastic bags, including those used to cover magazines, books, invitation cards, will not be allowed.
Garbage bags too will not be allowed.
The ban, however, will not affect the use of plastic specified under the Bio-medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998.
Plastic used to pack food products such as milk, cooking oil, flour bags as well as plastic cups, largely used by tea vendors, are also allowed.
The plea by plastic manufacturers` association said, "Declare impugned notification of October 23, 2012 null and void being ultra vires to the parent Act, i.E. The Environment Protection Act and Rules framed thereunder. The notification also violates the fundamental rights of the petitioner."