Haryana bans plastic in two towns, sanctuaries


Chandigarh : From now on, sipping a cold drink from a plastic bottle with a straw or using plastic plates, tumblers, spoons or other articles will not be allowed in the towns of Kurukshetra and Thanesar in Haryana.

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The Haryana government Wednesday banned use of all types of plastic articles within the municipal limits of the holy towns of Thanesar and Kurukshetra in the state. The ban has also been imposed on all wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the state and in the village of Morni near Chandigarh.

The state cabinet at its meeting here presided over by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, decided on the bans.

The government also decided to ban throughout the state the manufacture of lighter plastic carry bags having a thickness of less than 30 microns.

A state government spokesman said that the step was taken in view of the detrimental effect of polythene bags on environment and local ecology.

The notification also banned the use of all types of plastic articles like carry bags (irrespective of their thickness and size), plates, cups, tumblers, spoons, forks and straws within the municipal limits of Thanesar and Kurukshetra towns, all wildlife sanctuaries and national parks and the village of Morni – a hill resort 50 km from Chandigarh.

The spokesman said the ban at the two towns was imposed in view of their special historical, religious and ecological significance.