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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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Road Traffic Accidents Cause 1.35 Mn Deaths Each Year: WHO

WHO noted that 48 middle- and high-income countries that have implemented strong road traffic laws and other safety measures have made progress in reducing road deaths.

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Two bikes were involved in an accident with a bus that crashed and turned on its roof near the town of Franschhoek, South Africa, March 7, 2015. VOA

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for urgent action to put a brake on road traffic crashes that kill 1.35 million people every year, mostly in poor developing countries.

In Geneva, the U.N. agency launched its global status report on road safety 2018.

The report found road traffic injuries to be the leading killer of children and young people aged five to 29 years, with a death occurring every 24 seconds. The report said more than half of those killed are pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycle riders and passengers.

Etienne Krug, head of the U.N. Agency’s Department on Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, called these deaths a huge inequality issue.

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Traffic and congestion on roads is frequent in all cities of India. Wikimedia

“Low-income countries have one percent of the vehicles in the world and 13 percent of all the deaths; while high-income countries have 40 percent of all the vehicles,” Krug said. “So, that is 40 times more, but only seven percent of the deaths.That is half of the deaths with 40 times more vehicles.”

The report said death rates are highest in Africa and lowest in Europe. Some of the key risk factors include speeding, drinking and driving, and failure to use seat belts, motorcycle helmets and child restraints.

Krug said putting the right measures in place will save lives. These include the right legislation and enforcement, creating special lanes for cyclists and improving the quality of vehicles.

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Road accidents in India. Pixabay

“It is not acceptable that vehicles are being sold in developing countries that look the same as the vehicles that we see here in Switzerland or the U.S. or anywhere else, but that are not,” Krug told VOA. “Because to make them cheaper, they have been stripped of all of their safety features, such as air bags or electronic stability control, etc.”

WHO noted that 48 middle- and high-income countries that have implemented strong road traffic laws and other safety measures have made progress in reducing road deaths.

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However, it said no such progress has been made in low-income countries where safety measures are lacking. (VOA)