A Division Bench of State High Court today directed state to adopt plastic waste management rules 2016 formulated by Government of India and file status report within the period of three weeks.
The Division Bench Comprising First Puisine Judge Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar issued the directions in Public Interest Litigation filed by Summit Nayyar -a practicing advocate.
In the PIL, petitioner has sought directions to promulgate Rules in line with the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 promulgated by the Government of India Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, New Delhi vide G.S.R 320(E) dated 18th March, 2016.
The implementation of rules are sought more particularly conditions with respect to manufacture, import, stocking distribution, sale and use of carry bags, plastic sheets or like or cover made of plastic sheet and multilayered packaging not less than fifty microns in thickness being safe for environment so that the State of Jammu and Kashmir is made free from the menace of circulation and use of cheap and non-biodegradable plastic.
In the PIL, the petitioner submitted that the use of polythene and plastic bags is causing havoc in the entire State despite being banned by the State Government. While there are many objections to the banning of plastic bags based solely for convenience, the damage to the environment needs to be controlled. JNF