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In a reply to an RTI petition, MCG has informed that no individual, entity or company has been penalised for using plastic bags in the past three years — a revelation that underlines the lack of efforts to enforce a ban on non-compostable plastic in the city
GURUGRAM: A gigantic mound of used plastic bottles spotted recently near Basai wetland had drawn sharp reactions from environmentalists, who squarely blamed civic authorities for violating rules laid down by the Supreme Court with regard to plastic waste management.
Though the waste was removed from the area after media reports, records available with MCG suggest the city has, in fact, been sitting on a ticking bomb for a while now in the absence of any concerted efforts to check rampant use of plastic.
Interestingly, Haryana was one of the first states to ban sale, manufacturing and use of plastic bags in the country in 2011. The ban was followed up by various directions from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and other environmental bodies. In 2014, the district administration also announced a ban on use of most forms of plastic bags and trading in them.
In August 2017, the NGT had announced a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone found to be carrying a ‘thin’ plastic bag (less than 50 microns of thickness). The green tribunal also imposed an interim ban on the use of such plastic bags. Under the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, plastic bags less than the prescribed thickness are already prohibited.