Environment Minister Imran Hussain has announced that nearly eight thousand kilograms of plastic bags (less than 50 microns) have been seized, 492 challans/notices issued and around Rs three lakh environment compensation realised so far in Delhi, as part of the ongoing efforts to implement the plastic ban.
However, plastic bags are being used with impunity in Okhla.
Hussain conducted a meeting with senior officers from Municipal Corporations, Local Bodies, Revenue Department, Urban Department, Environment Department and Delhi Pollution Control Committee to review the progress made on the implementation of the ban on less than 50 micron plastic carry bags in Delhi.
During the meeting, officers informed the Minister that directions of NGT are being implemented by all concerned departments and plastic carry bags are being seized and challans are being issued.
As per the reports submitted by various departments, a total of 7739 kg of plastic carry bags (less than 50 microns) have been seized, 492 challans/notices have been issued and a total of Rs 2,90,000/- amount has been realized as Environment compensation.
Hussain directed the officers to strictly implement the directions of NGT regarding sale, storage and use of less than 50 micron plastic carry bags at the shops, markets and other establishments and send regular action taken report.
To spread awareness about ban, the minister also directed all concerned departments to issue public notices in newspapers, distribute leaflets/pamphlets to the shops and general public and conduct awareness workshops/drives. Public sensitization and voluntary abstinence from plastic carry bags will go a long way in implementation of the ban.
The minister directed that concerted and coordinated efforts are required to be taken on a regular basis by the various agencies charged with this responsibility viz. Municipal Corporations/Local bodies, Revenue Department etc., along with Environment Department and the DPCC.