Delhi looks to Tribunal order to curb pollution

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on October 26, 2016

Violators of the diktat face hefty fines

The Government of Delhi is looking to strict implementation of a previous National Green Tribunal order to curb local pollution this year.

The order enabled land owning agencies to impose a fine of ₹5,000 on people found burning leaves, garbage, plastic and other material in the open; besides a penalty up to ₹5 lakh on owners or builders who fail to implement dust control measures while carrying out construction.

An official release said, “the Delhi government has conferred powers on SDMs and tehsildars to levy fine of ₹5,000 on the persons found indulged in burning of dry leaves, waste material, plastic, rubber and others in open. Besides this, all the land owning agencies, municipal corporations, DDA, Delhi Cantonment Board etc., are similarly vested with powers to impose levy of like amount from the violators.”

The city has regularly found itself on the World Health Organisation’s list of cities with the most offensive air. In the ranking released in 2015, the city was considered to be the most polluted in the world. While it has since fallen off the top position, it still finds itself ranking high for pollution in the list.

The Environment Minister Imran Hussain has also directed all land owning agencies to intensify their inspections before winters.

The State government has also requested neighbouring Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to stop burning of agriculture residue, which has been seen as one of the biggest contributors to pollution in the National capital.

Published on October 26, 2016
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