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CM wants plastic ban to get real

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (71) on Wednesday asked officials of the Environment Department to get their ground-level teams to pull up their socks.

delhi Updated: May 20, 2009 23:24 IST
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The government has decided to turn the heat on violators of the ban on plastic bags.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (71) on Wednesday asked officials of the Environment Department to get their ground-level teams to pull up their socks.

The HT on Wednesday had reported that plastic bags, banned by the government earlier this year, had made a comeback at shops across the capital thanks to lack of enforcement drives.

“The chief minister asked officials not to get lax on enforcement and carry out raids on violators because plastic bags posed an environmental and health hazard,” said a senior Environment Department official, who did not wish to be named.

The department’s enforcement officials have now been instructed to report the extent of violations across the nine administrative districts of Delhi.

Commonwealth greenery
Six million potted trees will add to the green beauty of the sporting venues during the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the government has announced.

The government will plant 12 lakh saplings and raise eight new city forests this year.

The environment department has extended the term of Eco Task Force for another year. The force has been greening the entire rocky Asola Wildlife area.

The construction of a boundary wall in the Central Ridge to protect the forests from encroachment will be completed before the Commonwealth Games begin. The games are the second biggest sporting event in the world after the Olympic.