Are polythene bags alone banned? HC asks Govt

Seeks report on Dal STPs


Srinagar, Jul 4: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday directed the state government to take policy decision whether the SRO issued includes ban on polythene carry bags alone or on all polythene used in packing.
 A division bench of High Court comprising Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir passed the direction after the Court was informed that the SRO does not ban all the polythene.   
 While hearing   a Public Interest Litigation seeking conservation of  Dal lake, the Court directed that it should be ensured that the “entry points should be manned properly and those manning these check points should be held accountable.”
 Amicus Curiae, ZA Shah informed the Court that from January 1 to Jun, 12,299 Kgs of polythene carry bags have been seized, which shows that huge quantity of  polythene carry bags continue to pour in. This he said was despite the claims that there is blanket ban on the entry of polythene in to City.
 The Court said the suggestion of the Pollution Control Board (PCB) that it was considering compostable biodegradable carry bags in the state as the alternative to the polythene carry bags was deviating from the observations of the Court, which had laid emphasis on the use of material like jute or bags made of cloth.
 The Court asked the PCB to get the proposal examined by experts without using polythene or plastic.
 The Court said  that Lakes and Waterways Authority (LAWDA) had “commitment  as a short term measure  to achieve performance of the STPs 90 percent  in Dal Lake  but in the affidavit filed before the Court, nothing substantial was stated.”
 “The samples lifted by LAWDA would show that 90% performance has been achieved, but the report from PCB (regarding analysis of samples) is yet to be submitted” the Court said.
 The Court said the status report with regard to three STPs should be filed by next date of hearing.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 5 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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