CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Southern Railways (SR) to file a counter affidavit on July 28 explaining its steps to prevent the usage of plastic water bottles and other plastic substances in railway stations and trains.
A division bench of Madras High Court comprising Justice S Vaidyanathan and Justice PT Asha passed the direction on hearing a petition filed by Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Plastic Manufacturers Association. The petitioner organisation wanted a direction to review the State government's order in favour of a blanket ban on plastics.
When the matter was taken up, the railways’ department filed a report in connection with its initiations to eradicate plastic materials. Recording the submissions, the judges directed the department to file a detailed counter to abolish plastic usage in railway stations and in trains.
The division bench also directed the State and Union government to file a report on implementing the plastic ban on July 28.