Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to set up a mechanism to prevent the entry of polythene into the state.
The court asked how polythene was entering the market, despite a ban in place.
As per SRO 45, there is a ban on polythene manufacturing, stocking, distribution, sale and use of polythene carry bags, plastic sheets, plastic covers and packaging less than 50 microns in thickness in the state. An official of Pahalgam Development Authority who was present before the court informed that polythene is coming in bulk from outside the state through entry point at Lakhanpur, Jammu where the checkpoint has now been removed.
“Now, there is nobody to check the entry of polythene at entry point Lakhanpur,” he said.
After hearing the official, the division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked that polythene usage and its entry needs to be stopped.
Remarking that import of polythene into the state was worrisome, the court directed Commissioner Secretary to implement the SRO 45 dated 27-February, 2017 in letter and spirit.
“This would go a long way in dealing with the polythene waste in tourist area particularly in Pahalgam. If entry point is regulated then there would be drastic change,” the court said.
However, the court also noted that manufacturing of polythene and allied products of less than 50 microns is more or less controlled. It also directed divisional commissioners of all provinces to monitor the use of polythene in markets.