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Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Cabinet okays ban on use of plastic

The Delhi Cabinet clears the Degradable Plastic Bag Control Amendment Bill 2008, which officials say pack on enough deterrence for indiscriminate use of plastic bags, reports Anuradha Mukherjee.

delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2008 00:19 IST
Anuradha Mukherjee
Anuradha Mukherjee
Hindustan Times

Stopping your car over the ITO bridge and hurling over a plastic bag full of pooja samagri (material used in religious rituals) may burn a big hole in your pocket.

On second offence, you may even land in prison for a fortnight.

Also you are not supposed to use manufacture, stock, distribute or sell plastic bags that are less than 40 microns thick and less than 20x30 cm or 8x12 inches in size.

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday cleared the Degradable Plastic Bag (Manufacture, Sales and Usage and Garbage (Control) (Amendment) Bill 2008, which officials say pack on enough deterrence for indiscriminate use of plastic bags.

“The Bill specifies that only biodegradable plastic bags of at least 40-micron thickness or more should be used, failing this a first time penalty of Rs 500 will be imposed. On the second offence, the penalty can go up to Rs 5,000 or up to 15 days’ imprisonment, or both,” said a senior government official.

It also specifies that plastic bags manufactured from virgin plastic should be of natural or white colour.

The Cabinet also passed the Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University Bill 2008.

The Planning Commission has already cleared the proposal for a state university in pharmaceutical sciences in Delhi.

The Cabinet also cleared the Delhi Higher Education Council Bill 2008. The Bill provides for establishment of Delhi Higher Education Council.