BY TNN / TIMES OF INDIA
NEW DELHI: Finding the plastic industry association’s challenge to a Delhi government notification banning use of polybags in market places to be a little out of sync with the present eco-friendly cry, the Supreme Court on Friday advised Delhiites to carry bags from home to markets and malls. A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices V S Sirpurkar and Deepak Verma expressed disagreement with senior advocate K K Venugopal’s submission that the ban was violative of the industry’s right to carry on business.
Venugopal assailed the Delhi High Court order directing the Delhi government to consider banning plastic bags in the national capital and said can a court direct a governemnt to legislate? He said that paper and jute bags were quite costly and out of reach of the common man, who has been put to a lot of inconvenience by the ban on easy-to-carry and cheap plastic bags.
The Bench said: “Did you consider the hazardous effect of the largescale use of plastic bags to environment? It can play havoc.” However, it agreed to consider the plea of All India Plastic Industries Association and posted the matter for detailed hearing in the month of April.
But before deferring hearing on the plea, Justice Verma had an advise for Delhiites: “Let everyone carry a bag to the market place like the good old times. I carry one everytime I go to the market.” Acting on a PIL filed by V K Jain and following certain directions from the Delhi HC, the Sheila Dikshit government had on January 7 last year issued a notification banning use of plastic bags in all market complexes and malls in the national capital. The HC had on July 15 last year dismissed the plastic industry association’s petition challenging the ban.