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Green Delhi: NGT announces Rs 5,000 fine for open burning of garbage

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

All those burning garbage, leaves, rubber etc, openly in Delhi will now be fined Rs 5,000 under the new ruling of National Green Tribunal.

” Stepping up its effort to curb pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday announced a fine of Rs 5,000 on individuals spotted burning garbage, leaves, plastic, rubber, etc in open areas in parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR),” a media report said.

A few days back the Green tribunal had issued an order which banned the plying of diesel vehicles which were older than 10 years on Delhi roads.

The recent rulings have come in place mainly due to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report which termed Delhi’s air as the worst in the world. At present, the levels of pollutants in Delhi’s air are 10 times higher than acceptable standards.

Other than Delhi, burning of garbage and leaf litter is already banned in Nagpur under the “Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000,” that came into effect in 2001.

Earlier, the DPCC and Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIDC) were asked by the NGT to submit a complete plan regarding the establishment of a hazardous waste disposal unit in Bawana and Narela.

 

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Pollution Severe In Delhi In Spite Of Odd-Even Scheme: SC

SC says despite odd-even scheme, pollution in Delhi became severe

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In spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level. Pixabay

The Supreme Court on Friday said in spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level, and again called the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh, to report on measures taken to curb air pollution particularly related to stubble burning.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, “Do not give exemption to two-wheelers, and it will work.”

During the hearing, the judges scrutinized the Odd-Even scheme of the Delhi government in respect of air quality index data gathered in the past two years. The judges queried the Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, what purpose the scheme served by keeping out cars which contribute mere three per cent of the total pollution.

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The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Even scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. Pixabay

The court observed that Delhi’s local pollution is a major problem, if stubble burning which contributes 40 per cent is kept out.

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Eeven scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. “Question is what are you gaining by this scheme?” observed the court.

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Further commenting on the social aspect of the Odd-Even scheme, the court said “Odd-Even will only affect the lower middle class but not the affluent ones since they have multiple cars… Odd-Even isn’t a solution, but public transport could be. But nothing has been done about that”, said the court.

The hearing on the matter will continue on November 25. (IANS)