Neighbourhood News Desk: Plastic bags, measuring less than 50 microns, are banned in Delhi and, yet, markets are overflowing with them, even choking on them. Their use had taken a back seat following a government crackdown in August 2017, after the National Green Tribunal banned their use and imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 on each offender.
But the menace is far from over. With the government and civic agencies loosening their grip, these bags have resurfaced in markets. Even though the state government claims to have seized thousands of kilos of polythene bags, a visit to any market, local shop or street vendor will reveal that the picture is still as grim as it was 10 months ago before the crackdown began.