No Action On Waste-Burning By Industries’
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday fined the Delhi government Rs 25 crore for failing to take action to curb pollution in the capital, despite clear directions from
the tribunal to do so.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel slapped the fine after learning that the government had not complied with its directions to control the practice of open burning of waste in industrial areas around west Delhi’s Mundka.
The tribunal asked the AAP government to furnish a deposit guarantee of Rs 25 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board.
The bench said despite clear directions, hardly any action had been taken on its orders and burning was taking place under the nose of authorities who were only fur nishing “excuses”.
The NGT was hearing pleas filed by Mundka residents, who alleged that pollution from burning of leather, plastic, oil and rubber by industrial units functioning illegally on farm lands in Mundka and Neelwal villages, had been causing serious pollution. The bench said the complaints had not been addressed for four-and-a-half years.
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Stop open burning of waste, NGT had said
The green tribunal had earlier directed the Delhi chief secretary to coordinate with the municipal bodies and police to ensure compliance of its order on openburning. It had also asked the chief secretary to hold a meeting with these officials and ask them to submit an action taken report.
“It will be open to the chief secretary to seek feedback from concerned inhabitants about the ground situation,” the NGT had said earlier.
The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority, too, had recently carried out inspections in Mundka following complaints of waste burning and had formed a night patrol team, similar to what was formed in Dwarka, Narela and Bawana to reduce instances of such open burning.