Effect to the Delhi Plastic Bags - Committee headed by Justice R.C. Chopra
New Delhi : The Delhi High Court has constituted an expert committee headed by a retired judge to study 
the extent of damage plastic bags can cause to environment.

A division bench Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Veena Birbal Friday directed formation of the committee 
headed by Justice (Retd) R.C. Chopra for the study with the help of experts and environmentalists and to 
submit the report in three months.

The chairmen of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee 
(DPCC) would be the other members of the committee, which would have the help of the experts in the 

Directing the CPCB and the DPCC to provide infrastructure and secretarial staff, the court said the 
committee would meet twice every month to take stock of the situation.

During the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Tapas, an NGO, to ban plastic bags - 
widely used for packing goods bought at shops - in the capital, the court said the committee could 
take the opinion and expertise of the experts from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and other 

The high court in September 2006 had directed the Delhi government to give effect to the Delhi 
Plastic Bags (Manufacture, Sale and Usage) and Non-biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act immediately 
banning non-biodegradable plastic bags in the capital.

The court had asked the government to consider the suggestion of the CPCB to recycle the used 
plastic bags as material in road construction.
The CPCB had asked the Jadavpur University 
and the Thyagaraj Engineering College of 
Madurai to study the re-usability of the plastic 
bags. The study had suggested that the used 
plastic bags could be used for constructing the 
top layer of the road. The amendment in the 
Delhi Plastic Bags (Manufacture, 
Sale and Usage) and Non-biodegradable 
Garbage (Control) Act, 2003, had made it 
mandatory for five-star hotels, restaurants 
with 100 seats and hospitals with 100 beds in 
Delhi to use only biodegradable plastic bags. 
But the law is not yet implemented 
in the capital, said Vinod Jain of 
Tapas in the petition
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