The central bench of the National Green Tribunal directed Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh governments to issue notifications for banning use and manufacture of plastic bags by October 30, and ensure implementation of the ban from January 1, 2015.
A two-member bench comprising of Justice Dalip Singh and experts member PS Rao gave the directive while hearing a case of 'Sandeep Lahariya Vs. State of M.P. & Ors' on Wednesday and set the next hearing for December 11.
In November 2013, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh to ban plastic carry bags within six months.
The green tribunal, which had taken up the case on July 1 this year, rapped the three states for their repeated failure in filling compliance reports and had adjourned the hearing for September 30.
On September 30, the green tribunal had extended the date of filling compliance reports to October 15.
The bench rapped the Madhya Pradesh government for seeking another three month's extension for filing the compliance report.
The bench dismissing the extension plea, said that the state government had enough time since 2012, when the case was referred and brought to its notice by ministry of environment and forests.
Hauling up the state governments for repeatedly failing to file compliance reports, the green bench on Wednesday questioned the state principal secretaries of the urban development and environment departments, why they should not be punished for non-compliance, imprisoned and penalised for deliberately flouting its order.
The green bench asked the secretaries to respond to its notices before November 30.