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SC not inclined to relax ban on plastic bags

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

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

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


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