The city of Delhi is going green, the pollution levels are subsiding and so is the use of plastic. An interim ban has been imposed on the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). In India, there are less than 50 microns found in just the capital itself, this interim ban might be a step towards a more sustainable future.
The NGT has given the stock of this non-biodegradable plastic a week’s time to be seized by the Delhi government. To ensure that this type of plastic is not being used, the chairperson of NGT, Justice Swatanter Kumar has announced an environment compensation of Rs. 5000 if you are found in possession of these bags.
The Tribunal has taken such steps earlier as well. Last year they imposed a ban on the use of disposable plastic in Delhi and NCR, effective from 1st January 2017 and also prompted the city to take steps towards reducing dumped waste. Although, this campaign came to an end on July 31st when the green panel slammed the Delhi government for its ignorance and rampant use of plastic, despite the ban being in place. After which, the panel had warned the city government to strictly follow the ban order and present a status report on the issue.
The NGT had also imposed an environment compensation of Rs. 10000 on vegetable vendors and slaughter houses for throwing garbage in public places. Hopefully, after several failed attempts, the main motive of “Clean India, Green India” is achieved and a positive change is brought to our current and future lifestyle.