New Delhi: After getting the confirmation from the Delhi Cabinet, the state government has decided to again put a ban on the use of plastic bags in the national capital.

According to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi is all set to be a plastic free state and added that MCD, NDMC and Delhi Police would issue directions for effective implementation of the ban. The earlier steps taken in this regard were inadequate, so the ban has been again clamped with new norms, she added.

The state government has also decided to revoke Delhi Degradable Plastic Bag Production, Sale and Usage along with Garbage Control Rule-2000. New notifications will be issued under Environmental Protection Act 1986 for sale, storage and use of plastic bags.

The government has made a provision for fine of Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 Lakh along with five years imprisonment, if a person is found using plastic bags.

After a modification in the original law of 2008, the thickness of plastic bags was increased from 20 micron to 40 micron.

(JPN/ Bureau)