Puducherry: Plastic carry bags of less than
50 microns thickness have been banned in the Union Territory
of Puducherry with effect from December 9.
Besides the bags, use, sale and storing of disposable cups
and plates of less than fifty microns had also been banned, a
government notification issued on Dec 9 said.
It said Lt Governor Iqbal Singh issued an order under
powers vested in him by the Environment (Protection) Act 1986
in this regard.
The notification stated that no person including a
shopkeeper, vendor or wholesale dealer, retailer or trader
should use or sell or store polythene or plastic carry bags of
50 microns or below and of size less than 8 x 12 inches.
Other plastic carry bags, disposable cups and plates apart
from the category mentioned above and produced, used, sold or
stored in the Union Territory should contain the name of
manufacturing unit, the address, thickness and size of the
products printed on them.
An official level committee comprising among others the
Sub-Divisional Magistrates, Regional Administrators, Directors
of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Science and
Technology Member Secretary of Puducherry Pollution Control
Committee, and Food Inspectors of Food and Drug Administration
has been constituted to implement the ban order.