After the Madhya Pradesh government told the central bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that it has not been able to take any decision on banning poly bags, the tribunal on Thursday directed it to file an affidavit regarding the deliberations on the issue.
NGT has also directed three states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, to inform it about what steps they have taken on its suggestion to explore the possibility of introducing use of biodegradable carry bags as opposed to poly/plastic carry bags.
NGT said Chhattisgarh informed it that it had banned the manufacture of plastic carry bags in December 2014, while Rajasthan told the bench that a ban had already been in force under the notification of 2010 in the state.
NGT in its order said MP government has still not been able to take a decision with regard to imposition of ban.
MP is directed to file an affidavit by an officer not below the rank of secretary to the state government as to what consideration has taken place in the government on this matter (banning poly bags) and the issues which the government is deliberating upon based on the file notings and the dates on which such deliberations have taken place.
The Tribunal was hearing a case filed by Sandeep Lahariya. The next hearing in the case is on April 20.
In an earlier hearing, the NGT noted that the matter regarding banning poly bags was under consideration before the Supreme Court in a case in which all the states have been issued notices for considering a total ban on all poly carry bags (not restricted to 40 microns).
NGT also directed poly-carry bags manufacturing association to submit an affidavit regarding what steps they have taken individually for the recovery of such products (polybags), the quantity they were selling every month and the quantity that they were recovering every month.
They were also asked to inform the tribunal why it was not possible for them to switch over from manufacturing of plastic carry bags to manufacturing of bio-degradable or compostable carry bags.
NGT also directed the state Pollution Control Board to verify such registered units manufacturing plastic carry bags and get their details.