Single-use plastic banned in South Delhi markets

The civic body has prohibited the use of single-use plastic items such as bottles, cups, glasses, and polythene bags and plastic items with thickness less than 50 microns due to environmental concerns.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to ban single-use plastic in malls and marketplaces, said south zone chairperson Subhash Badana.

The ban, as per the official notification, is on plastic bags with thickness up to 50 microns thick, but a senior official said they are trying to eradicate the use of plastic bags altogether.

Badana said malls and marketplaces are cooperating in the initiative, but challans will be issued if they are found violating norms.

A senior South MCD official said, “Plastics with thickness less than 50 microns are banned, but the corporation is now encouraging giving up the use of plastics altogether. The markets being targeted primarily include Green Park Market, Yusuf Sarai, Chattarpur Enclave, Kailash Colony, Shahpur Jat, M-Block GK-1.”

The focus of the corporation will also be on Defence Colony Market, Central Market in Lajpat Nagar, Pushp Market, Krishna Market, Meharchand Market and Sewa Nagar Vegetable Market.

At present a ban is also being implemented in Mehrauli Market, where a self-help group has been stationed to provide jute and cloth bags, they said.

The corporation issues challans, after which the violators are sent to the metropolitan magistrate, where fines up to Rs 5,000 are issued. It has until now seized over 1,000 kg of plastic bags, they said.

The civic body has prohibited the use of single-use plastic items such as bottles, cups, glasses, and polythene bags and plastic items with thickness less than 50 microns due to environmental concerns.

Another official said meetings are being conducted with RWAs, and they have assured to extend help and support.

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