Complying with the directive issued by the National Green Tribunal, or NGT, which bans the use of plastic bags in the city, the Delhi government's environment department has attached specific responsibilities to civic agencies. A road map for action has been chalked out after a meeting with commissioners of Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
While DPCC will be dealing with plastic bags, manufacturers and vendors, the three municipal corporations and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will deal with retailers.
Imran Husain, environment minister of the Delhi government, said “NGT has given us a week’s time to submit a report on the action plan. Different authorities have been assigned different tasks. We shall also urge the public to avoid the use of plastic bags.”
He added, “It has also been decided during the course of the meeting that a mass awareness campaign will be launched. Implementing a complete ban shall be tough and, therefore, we shall go one step at a time. We shall allow vendors and retailers to implement the ban on their own until Friday.”
Meanwhile, municipal corporations have planned to reach out to the residential colonies and appeal to the residents to support the ban. “RWAs will play an important role in implementing a complete ban. Without public support this ban is futile,” said Neema Bhagat, EDMC mayor.
On August 10, the NGT had imposed a ban on non-biodegradable plastic less than 50 microns. Incidentally, this was not the first ban.