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Delhi bans plastic bags

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on April 04, 2011 Published on April 04, 2011

The Delhi government on Monday decided to impose a blanket ban on the manufacture, storage and use of plastic bags in the city.

The Delhi Cabinet, presided by the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, took the decision and directed all the authorities concerned such as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Environment Department to implement the decision.

Officials said there were hundreds of units manufacturing plastic bags, and they would be closed down after a notification is issued. “We have decided to impose a blanket ban on manufacturing, storage and use of plastic bags in the capital,” Ms Dikshit told reporters.

Earlier, following a court order, the city Government in 2009 had banned use of plastic bags, but it not effective as the manufacturing units were functioning.

The Delhi Government had in January 2009 imposed a ban on the use of plastic bags in markets, shopping malls, hotels and hospitals but it has not been effective. About 250 traders have been fined in the last two years for violating the ban. Various environmental NGOs have been pressing for shutting down such units.

Published on April 04, 2011
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