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NGT bans burning of waste in open in Delhi

NGT bans burning of waste in open in Delhi
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NGT Bans Burning Of Waste In Open In Delhi. Imposing a complete ban on burning of waste in open including garbage, leaves, plastic and crop residues,...

New Delhi: Imposing a complete ban on burning of waste in open including garbage, leaves, plastic and crop residues, the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday said violators will be fined Rs 5,000, in yet another significant order to tackle air pollution in Delhi NCR.

The order comes after the tribunal banned plying of diesel vehicles more than 10 years old in the region.

A bench headed by the NGT chairperson, Justice Swatanter Kumar, passed a slew of directions, including asking the civic authorities and state governments of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to “immediately” spread mass awareness regarding ill-effects of burning waste materials in open areas.

The tribunal also directed all the municipal corporations to notify within two days from Tuesday the mobile number 9717593474 on which such complaints can be made.

“It is on record before us that burning of garbage and other materials is not only source of air pollution but forms 29.4 per cent of air pollution with reference to PM10. Burning of material also causes serious respiratory problems and are even carcinogenic. There shall be complete prohibition on burning of any kind of garbage, leaves, waste, plastic, rubber or any such other materials in open areas for any part of NCR Delhi,” it said. PM or Particulate matter refers to all solid and liquid particles suspended in air many of which are hazardous. They are differentiated on the basis of their size.

Elaborating on the process for filing complaints, it said, “Any person who notices burning of such material would have a right to complain in writing or otherwise to SHO of concerned area, concerned municipal corporation, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and its regional branches and to the heads of the concerned departments.”

The green panel said that in case an offender refuses to comply with the orders, the officer-in-charge would be at liberty to serve showcause notice to him for appearing before the tribunal and explain why he shall not pay compensation.

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