To challenge the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to impose a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone using plastic or dealing in it, city traders have decided to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday.
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal said that the orders were pronounced without giving any notice period for implementation and the immediate imposition might affect several shopkeepers who were running only plastic crockery business in the city. There are over 55 such shops across the city.
According to the president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, Charanjiv Singh, they were not even made part of the hearing.
“The National Green Tribunal while giving such orders could have heard our side of the story as well. How can they pass such orders without hearing us? We will move a plea in the High Court on Monday.”
The traders also said that since there was going to be a ban on plastic plates and glasses as well, it would also inconvenience residents. “At least till the time there was no alternative, one or two months’ time could have been given to us. A notice period could have been enough before imposing this fine,” added Charanjiv.
The association will also meet officials of the UT Administration Monday in this regard. The order of the NGT, which was passed by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar Thursday, read,” Any person who is found to be storing, purchasing, dealing with or distributing such plastic items shall be liable to pay environmental compensation at the rate of Rs 5,000 per event.”
The directions were issued during the hearing of a plea by Chandigarh resident Rishi Dev Anand who alleged gross failure in the city’s waste management system and delay in tackling garbage disposal. He had moved the tribunal to seek immediate action for the restoration of environment.
The tribunal has directed the Chandigarh Administration to ensure that there is no use of plastic bags, plates, glasses and such allied items in the city.
The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee will be responsible for the implementation of these directions.