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NGT Directs CPCB To Recover Fine From Amazon, Flipkart Because Of Excess Plastic Usage

Lawstreet Journal 14 Sep 2020 8:37pm

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In a recent decision by the the National Green Tribunal -NGT, the regulatory body has directed the Central Pollution Control Board to perform an environmental audit. This audit will also result in recovering fines from e-commerce giants like Amazon and Flipkart with respect to their violation of environmental norms. 

"A report has been filed by the CPCB, which again mentions one or other reasons for not enforcing the law but does not mention the coercive measures adopted either directly by the CPCB or in coordination with the state pollution control boards," a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel said. 

Further, the bench also stated that CPCB is authorized to order environmental audits against concerned entities. On the basis of this audit, the Board is also authorized to recover any compensation for any violation of environmental norms. This is authorized under the National Green Tribunal Act. 

Also, the Apex Body for pollution control has cited the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. According to Section 9 (2) of the said act, “Primary responsibility for collection of used multi-layered plastic sachet or pouches or packaging is of producers, importers and brand owners who introduce the products in the market.” 

This submission by the bench was in response to a plea filed by a 16-year-old boy, Aditya Dubey. He has filed a plea by approaching the tribunal through his legal guardian. In his plea, he contents that the NGT should direct and order Amazon and Flipkart to restrain excessive use of plastic packaging in the… Continue Reading...

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