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  • Delhi to intensify anti-plastic drive

    New Delhi (PTI) Amid an apparent tussle between Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit over ban on plastic bags, the city government on Saturday decided to intensify its drive against their use in shopping malls and markets.

    The decision comes three days after Mr. Ramesh disfavoured a blanket ban on use of plastic bags arguing that use of paper bags as an alternative to plastic would lead to cutting of more trees.

    In the meeting, the Chief Minister directed the concerned departments as well as MCD and NDMC to implement "seriously" the the ban on plastic bags, which was enforced almost six months ago, official sources said.

    Ms. Dikshit, who strongly opposed Mr. Ramesh's observation disfavouring the ban, also directed the officials to examine whether the plastic bag manufacturing units in the city were adhering to norms.

    Attended by top officials of state environment department, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) besides other concerned departments, the meeting also decided to involve educational institutions in creating awareness against plastic bags.

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