In a short relief to the state’s retailers, the Supreme Court on Monday gave four weeks’ time to the state government to file its reply in the case of ban on plastic packaging of food items in the state.
On February 12, the court had extended the stay on the ban by six weeks, giving the state pollution board time to file its reply.
The government had issued a notification to ban plastic-packed food items in Himachal Pradesh from April 1, 2013, and also sought three months till July 2 to implement the order.
Seeking relief, the Sanyukt Beopar Mandal of Himachal, the Indian Biscuit Manufacturers’ Association and others had moved the Himachal Pradesh high court, which extended the stay till September 3.
On December 26, the court vacated its earlier stay and asked the government to go ahead with its notification to ban plastic-packed eatables, exempting drinking water, edible oil and milk from the ban.
The court also asked the state government to ensure a blanket ban on these items before March 31.