14 DCs served notice on polythene use

Srinagar: The J&K High Court has asked as many as 14 Deputy Commissioners to explain why contempt proceedings cannot initiated against them for non-compliance of ban on use of polythene in their respective districts.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation on preservation of Dal lake, a division bench of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Hasnain Massodi asked the DC of Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, Shopian, Anantnag, Ganderbal, Budgam Bandipora, Jammu, Leh, Kargil, Samba and Rajouri to file rely to the notice by April 28 when the case has been posted for further consideration.
The court directed all the DCs, besides the 14, to file undertaking specifying the deadline when each one of them would be able to achieve the target of polythene-free district.
“The need shall be done by next date of hearing,” the court said. The suggestion was made by amicus curie advocate Zaffar Shah.
Earlier, court’s attention was also drawn to the proposal for converting packing material, disposable plastic items, confiscated polythene and polythene bags into granules for its export to Dubai and China.
“The proposal is under consideration of Pollution Control Board, and if found feasible, incineration of seized polythene would not be necessary,” the court was told.
It was also informed that PCB is in process of completing shredding of seized polythene and that it has already shredded 859 quintal of the banned material.
“The PCB may in its wisdom proceed with the idea of employing process to convert polythene and other plastic bags for export. If they succeed it would be a welcome step as it would avoid unnecessary pollution caused by the incinerator,” the court said.
At the same time, the court reiterated that the seized polythene shall continue to be shredded and disposed of.
“SMC or any other authority shall ensure that process of shredding continues until and unless direction contrary are issued by the court,” the bench added.

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