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September 14, 2005

Blanket ban on plastic bags in forests

The Telegraph

Planning to visit the jungles of Jharkhand or the Rajrappa temple next month? Carry everything, except for plastic and polythene bags.

The reason: the state forest and environment department has decided to ban the use of any type of polythene in the national parks, reserves forests, sanctuaries and zoos across Jharkhand from next month.

The department has also decided to put a blanket ban on the use of polythene bags within a two-kilometre radius of the Rajrappa temple, where thousands of devotees visit everyday from various parts of the country.

Sources in the department said the decision has been taken according to the provisions of Environment (Protection) Act of 1986. The department had been receiving a large number of complaints from local forest officials about the indiscriminate use of polythene bags in national parks, sanctuaries and reserve forests...

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