Manufacturers file plea against ban on PET bottles
Manufacturers alleged that Him Jagriti was a front of Hindustan National Glass & Industries Ltd and was put up by the latter to ‘subserve its commercial interest’
New Delhi: PET Containers Manufacturers Association on Thursday filed a plea before the green tribunal to dismiss an application brought by non-governmental organisation (NGO), Him Jagriti Uttaranchal Welfare Society, demanding a ban on the use of PET bottles for medicines and other consumables.
The association alleged that Him Jagriti was a front of Kolkata-based Hindustan National Glass & Industries Ltd and was put up by the latter to “subserve its commercial interest”.
It has also placed documents related to email exchanges between Him Jagriti and Hindustan National, alleging a nexus between them. The association has also questioned a report of National Test House under the ministry of commerce, upon which Him Jagriti had relied in its arguments.
The NGO in its application has argued that the pet bottles were harmful and leached under Indian conditions.
Drug Technical Advisory Board had in May also called for a ban on the use of PET bottles.
The board, too, relied on the report by the National Test House.
Meanwhile, the ministry of health and family welfare had in March conveyed its stand in Lok Sabha, supporting the use of PET bottles holding that they were safe for pharmaceutical packaging.
The case will be heard next on 30 November.