New Delhi, Dec 20, 2016: National Green Tribunal said municipal solid waste (MSW) is one of the most serious pollutants in the country especially in Delhi, and announced a fine of Rs 10,000 on those found throwing waste at public places.
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All authorities are under “statutory” obligation to ensure that waste is “collected, transported and disposed” of in accordance with Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 so that it does not cause public health hazards, said the green panel.
Keeping in mind the harmful environmental aspect of the solid waste the panel also mentioned “All major sources of municipal solid waste generation hotels, restaurants, slaughter houses, vegetable markets etc. should be directed to provide segregated waste and handover the same to the Corporation in accordance with rules”.
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“Any such body, person, hotels, residents, slaughter houses, vegetable markets etc. which does not comply with the directions or throw their waste over any drain or public place shall be liable to pay environmental compensation at the rate of Rs 10,000 per default,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.
According to PTI reports, the tribunal noted that the national capital generates 9,600 metric tons of municipal solid waste per day and there is no “clear map” ready with the municipal bodies to deal with the huge quantity of waste.
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Commissioner of each of the corporations are also directed to submit a scheme within a month before the Tribunal for providing incentive to the people who give segregated waste at source, “by way of rebate in property tax and on other hand to impose penalties on residents, societies, RWAs who do not provide segregated waste.”
“It should be kept in mind that as per polluter pays principle, each person would be liable to pay for causing pollution, if the waste is generated. It is the duty of a citizen to ensure that said waste is handled properly and not to cause any pollution or cause inconvenience to other persons. The entire burden cannot be shifted on the state and authorities,” the bench said.
On hearing a plea relating to mismanagement of municipal solid waste in Delhi and the terrible conditions that are prevailing near landfill sites, prompted the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to take implement these directions.
– prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon