On the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Chandigarh administration will crack down on users, manufacturers, stockists, transporters and distributors of plastic bags from Saturday.
The administration swung into action following the NGT decision to reduce municipal solid waste in the cities. Stringent action will be taken against those using polythene/ plastic bags, plastic plates or plastic glasses and such allied items in the city.
The UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal said following the NGT directions, separate teams of the Chandigarh municipal corporation, food and supplies department, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee and health department had been directed to issue challans to violators. He said inspectors of these departments has been empowered to issue challans to implement the order in totality.
In the latest decision, the NGT had expressed concern over the increasing level of environment pollutants in the tricity. The NGT has issued directions to the Chandigarh administration to ensure that there is no use of plastic bags, plastic plates or plastic glasses and such allied items in the city. The NGT said any person found storing, purchasing, dealing with or distributing plastic items would be liable to pay Rs 5,000 fine per violation.
Member secretary of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee Danish Ashraf said the administration had already imposed a ban on the use of polythene/plastic carry bags in the city and a notification in this regard was issued in 2008. He said the administration would now take strict action against the violators. Special teams will be constituted to carry out regular inspections in various areas of the city, he added.
He said all kinds of plastic carry bags, irrespective of their thickness, were banned in the city. In case of a violator fails to pay Rs 5,000 fine on the spot, a case can also be registered against him/her, added Ashraf.
The sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) have also issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in their respective areas for carrying polythene bags.