The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 28 April 2015 ordered a complete ban on burning of any kind of garbage, leaves, plastic waste and rubber in the open in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) to control air pollution. The order was given by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.
The bench also passed a slew of directions asking the civic authorities and state governments of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to immediately spread awareness regarding ill-effects of burning waste materials in open areas.
As per NGT, burning of garbage and other material like plastic is responsible for nearly 30 percent of the air pollution in the capital and its suburbs.
It also said any person who notices burning of such material will have a right to complain in writing or otherwise to SHO of concerned area, concerned Municipal Corporation, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and to the heads of the concerned departments.
The Tribunal directed all the municipal corporations to notify the mobile number 9717593474 on which complaints can be made.
The person who is found burning or responsible for burning would be liable to pay compensation in terms of Section 15 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010. It also directed authorities to levy a fine of 5000 rupees on anyone found burning such material in the open.
The bench also said that its 4 December 2014 orders with regard to burning of waste material will continue to be in force. This order stated the steps to be taken to reduce level of Particulate Matter 2.5 levels through appropriate anti pollution devices.
Earlier in April 2015, the tribunal had banned over 10-year-old diesel vehicles from plying on Delhi-NCR roads. It also issued detailed guidelines to tackle air pollution from construction activity in the Delhi-NCR area.
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Where: Delhi NCR
When: 28 April 2015
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