Single-use plastic products have been banned in the union territory of Chandigarh. The violators could face imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees, or with both.
The Chandigarh Administration on Friday issued a notification in this regard.
As per notification, no person including a shopkeeper, vendor, whole seller or retailer, trader, hawker or rehriwala, shall manufacture, store, import, sell, transport, supply or use plastic, thermocol or styrofoam items from now onwards.
While most of the single-use plastic products have been banned in the city, seven categories will be banned after three months.
The products that have been banned included single use plastic cutlery, Thermocol or Styrofoam cutlery, single use plastic containers, plastic (sold in the name of Silver/Aluminium) bag/pouch for packing food items, drinking water sealed glasses and plastic mineral water pouch, single-time use razors, single-time use pens, use of thermocol for decoration purpose and , use of plastic material for decoration purpose such as wrapping sheets, frills, garland, confetti, party bloopers, plastic ribbons.
Non-woven polypropylene bags and polythene or plastic carry bags with or without handle irrespective of size, shape and colour (excluding bags permissible under Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016) have also been banned in the city.
The products that will be banned after three months included industrial packaging less than 50 microns, single use plastic containers (used for curd, kheer, ice creams etc.) less than 250 microns used for packaging of dairy items, plastic sachets with packaging capacity of 50 ml/50 gm and less, plastic sticks for ear buds, balloons, flags and candies, plastic refill pouch having quantity less than 500 ml, straws attached with tetra packs and multilayered packaging used for food or snacks packing.
Debendra Dalai, Director Environment, Chandigarh said that any person causing breach of the ban shall be liable for the penalties as per the provision of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and orders of NGT.
Under Section 15 of the Environmental (Protection) Act, 1986, whoever fails to comply with the orders, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees, or with both, he said.
The violator may also face the closure, prohibition or regulation of any industry, operation or process, stoppage or regulation of the supply of electricity or water or any other service.
Also, the NGT had directed that any person who is found to be using, storing, purchasing, dealing with or distributing plastic bags, plastic plates or plastic glasses and such allied items will be liable to pay environmental compensation at the rate of Rs 5000 per event, he added.