The National Green Tribunal, that’s been established with the sole purpose of effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection, has come up with yet another positive campaign. Now, anyone who’s found littering and throwing waste in public places will be charged a fine of Rs 10,000.
“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.
The green panel said that 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.
Municipal solid waste (MSW) is one of the most serious pollutants in the country, especially in Delhi, the National Green Tribunal has said while announcing a fine of Rs 10,000 on those found throwing waste in public places.
Therefore, all major sources of solid waste should be directed to provide segregated waste and hand over the same to the Corporation in accordance with rules.
The national capital generates 9,600 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste per day, and they have no “clear map” ready for its disposal.
The committee has also asked commissioners of each corporation to submit a proposal for incentives for those who give segregated waste at source, “by way of rebate in property tax and on another hand to impose penalties on residents, societies, RWAs who do not provide segregated waste”.
News Source: India Times