SC not inclined to relax ban on plastic bags
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Last Updated: Friday, January 29, 2010, 19:37
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today virtually ruled out the possibility of relaxing the ban imposed on use of plastic bags by the Delhi Government by stressing on the "havoc played" by them.

"Look at the hazards. plastic bags have been playing havoc in the country," a bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices V S Sirpurkar and Deepak Verma said.

The bench said the ban on plastic bags would help in returning to good old days when people used to go the market with environment friendly bags made of cloth, jute and paper.

"If the ban is allowed to stand, same old habit will return. People will go with a bag in their hand. I go to market with a bag in my hand. What is the harm?" Justice Verma asked.

The remarks by the bench were made when senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for plastic bag manufacturers and traders, alleged that the notification banning the use of plastic carry bags was issued without properly following the procedure.

The January 7, 2009, notification bans the use of plastic bags in shopping malls, five-star hotels, restaurants, dairies and fruits and vegetable outlets under the Environment Protection Act.

Venugopal said before issuing the notification, the Delhi Government should have published the draft proposal to inform public for eliciting objections to the proposed ban.

The manufacturers and traders contended that the notification for the ban on plastic carry bags went against the spirit of the August 7, 2008, judgement of the Delhi High Court.


First Published: Friday, January 29, 2010, 19:37

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