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SC rejects plea against Karnataka government's decision to ban plastic

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru/New Delhi

Bengaluru/New Delhi, Nov 7: The Supreme Court on Tuesday November 7 refused to interfere with the Karnataka government's decision to ban the manufacture, supply, sale and use of plastic carry bags and other products.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta rejected a plea by Canara Plastics Manufacturers and Traders Association to stay operation of the Karnataka government's decision to ban plastic, issued through a notification dated March 11, 2016.

However, the Association’s appeal has been tagged with another civil appeal filed by Karnataka State Plastic Association. for consideration.

Karnataka State Plastic Association had contended that the state government was trying to bulldoze the entire industry, running into several thousand of crores. It had asked for a stay on the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) order of January 13.

The bench, declining the plea for a stay, agreed to issue a notice to the Karnataka government and others. The court admitted the appeal for consideration.

In its appeal, the association contended that the NGT did not appreciate that the act of issuance of direction imposing complete prohibition on the sale, usage, manufacture and storage of plastic carry bags and other products without conducting any environmental impact assessment of the probable consequences of the removal of plastic carry bags with other alternatives cannot be termed as rational and reasonable.

The association also maintained that the notification issued under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 did not empower the state to make the rule imposing ban on manufacture, supply, sale and use of plastic carry bags, banners, buntings, flex, flags, plates, cups, spoons, cling films and sheets.

It also stated that when the Government of India has a rule imposing a ban on manufacturing and circulation of plastic items of less than 50 microns, there could not be a complete ban as contemplated in the notification.

On March 29, 2016, the High Court dismissed a writ petition filed by the association and accepted the state government's contention that the association should approach the NGT.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Let us switch over to cloth or paper bags 😁😁😁

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    If we don't ban palstics,how it is possible to have Swatch Bharath

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Though plastic products seem to make our lives easier, they will ultimately make our lives more difficult through the damage they cause to our air quality, soil and water, the clogging of our landfills, and the threat to our cows and animals. If we continue to rely on such dangerous products, we will only add to the damage that has already been done. SC has correctly rejected the plea.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Why are the sikular s not complaining about loss of jobs?
    Oh, is it bcos it's been implemented by siddu govt?

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Tue, Nov 7 2017

    Karnataka govt.,'s ban on plastic need to be supported. It's better to carry reusable bags, cardboard boxes for grocery & other items.

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  • JNB, Mangalore-Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 7 2017

    Ambanies made good money out of Reliance Poly_ Propylene and Reliance Poly-ethylene.

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  • Petk, Kudla/ USA

    Tue, Nov 7 2017

    It is a shame. Karnataka State Plastic Association! It is like manufacturers of Poison can form a association and challenge government for not letting them poison citizens and environment!!! Or coffin maker's association suing government for improving health and leading to less people dyeing causing them less business.

    The narrow mindedness of these "associations" will only lead to destruction of our future generations. At some point, we would have created so much plastic to cover the entire planet. Once a monomer is converted to a polymer (plastic) it cannot be converted back easily. If you burn it will pollute the air and re-deposit back on our heads and lungs :(.... Think people think......Refuse plastic.

    There is no second Earth...This is it

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