Punjab govt to ban plastic products

Chandigarh: The Punjab government has decided to ban the use of certain products made of plastic in a bid to conserve the deteriorating environment.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed the officials concerned to impose the ban after giving people sufficient time to move to alternative packaging options, an official spokesperson said.

A notification to this effect will be issued after a formal approval by the state Cabinet. This decision was taken today at a meeting of the Local Government Department chaired by the chief minister here.

Several states in the country have already banned the use of plastic bags and other plastic materials, with courts also intervening proactively to rid the environment of the unhealthy practise of using plastic.