Nainital to conduct Anti-polythene drive


The administration has ordered to put a ban on usage of poythene bags. The Uttarakhand high court imposed ban on the use of polythene bags in Nainital district and ordered that Rs 500 fine be charged from anyone found using it from July 15.

It also ordered the DM to file an affidavit on the details of construction within 30 metres of all lakes in the district. As per building bylaws, no construction, permanent or temporary, is allowed within 30 metres of the lakes.

A bench of Justice Servesh Kumar Gupta and Justice Alok Singh passed the order on Thursday after hearing a PIL alleging rampant encroachment in Nainital. The petitioner, Ajay Rawat, an environmental activist, had also raised the issues of pollution due to polythene bags in his PIL.

The ban will cover hilly areas like Bhimtal and Mukteshwar and also low lying areas like the industrial Haldwani and Lalquan belts.

The administration has also been ordered to inform the public about the ban by printing advertisements and putting up posters on public boards at the site of lakes in Nainital district.

The district, which has lakes like Bheemtal, Khurpa Tal, Naukuchiya Tal, Sukha Tal and Saat Tal, has been witnessing unchecked commercial construction.

The petitioner welcomed the court order, saying, "I had no option but to seek justice from the court since the authorities and politicians did not help to take up the issue of encroachment."

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