Gangtok, Feb 23:
Bisleri Pvt Ltd moves High Court of Sikkim challenging Sikkim Government ban on bottled water sold in plastic bottles of 2ltrs and below capacity. Bisleri has argued that the ban has adversely affected it even as manufacturers of other products using similar plastic bottles have been left out of the ban order. Hearing their petition, the High Court directed that notice be served on the State respondents on the matter. The next hearing on the case has been listed for 6th May.
Must tell, The ban on the use, manufacture, import and sale of plastic water bottles of capacities of 2 litres and below came into effect in Sikkim from January citing the reason to ensure a clean and safe environment.
The decision to ban water bottles was announced by chief minister P.S. Tamang (Golay) in early October and later notification was issued however, unlike initially assumed, it is not a blanket ban on packaged mineral water, but only on bottles of 2 litres and below.
Citing laws on environment protection, the notification issued by Sikkim’s forests and environment department states: “… the State Government hereby imposes ban on the use, manufacture, import and sale of plastic water bottles of capacity 2 litres and below w.e.f. 1st January 2022 in the State of Sikkim.”
While companies, taunting with the existing notification has started to deploy 2.1 litres water bottles which were not there in market before and odd volume and reacting to same Chief Minister PS Tamang said“Finding loopholes is wrong and action will be taken following discussions with officials.”
Also shared‘action will be taken to save the environment’ after pictures of 2.1ltr bottles go viral.“Restaurants, hotels and official functions have stopped using plastic bottles and have shifted to glass bottles. Shopkeepers & business owners now need to support the government in its mission to save the environment,” the CM stated.