The Environment Department of the Haryana Government has, vide Notification No. 16/52/2010-Env. dated 3rd February 2010, banned the use of all types of plastic articles such as carry bags (irrespective of thickness and size), plates, cups, tumblers, spoons, forks and straw in Wild Life Sanctuaries and National Parks of Haryana and Gram Panchayat, Morni.It is pertinent to note that the ban in rest of the State is only with regard to plastic carrybags of thickness less than 40 microns or size less than 12″X 18″ as it is felt that plastic carry bags of lower thickness/smaller size do not have potential for further use and are littered about irresponsibly and have detrimental effect on the environment. The ban on plastic articles in Morni panchayat area and Wildlife Sanctuaries/National Parks is, however, complete as these areas have been considered to have special ecological significance. A large part of the Morni Hills fall under the Khol-Hi-Raitan Wildlife Sactuary.
- The retailers, vendors and other establishments found to be violating these directions, relating to the use of plastic carry bags … shall be fined with such fine which shall not be less than Rs.2,500 and which may extended upto Rs. 5,000 for the first offence and the trade license of the violator shall be cancelled for the subsequent offence…
- The individuals found to be littering public places with plastic bags shall be fined with such fine which shall not be less than Rs. 250 and which may extend upto Rs. 500 per offence.
Prescribed Authority (for enforcement):
The Divisional Forest Officer shall be prescribed authority for enforcement of the provisions of these directions in National Parks, Wild Life Sanctuaries etc.
The other prescribed authorities for enforcement include – District Magistrate, Additional District Magistrate,District Development and Panchayat Officer,Sub-Divisional Magistrate,Executive Engineer, Public Health Engineering Department, District Food and Supplies Controller,Block Development and Panchayat Officer,Tehsildar and Naib Tehsildar, Revenue Department.
Note: The notification is in exercise of the powers delegated under section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986), read with rule 4 of the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, notification S.O.152 (E) dated 10th February, 1988