NGT bans waste burning in open areas across country

NGT bans waste burning in open areas across country
NGT bans waste burning in open areas across country

NEW DELHI: In a significant order, the NGT today imposed a complete ban on burning of waste in open places across the country and announced a fine of Rs 25,000 on each incident of bulk waste burning.

“We specifically direct that there shall be complete prohibition on open burning of waste on lands, including at the landfill sites.

“For each such incident, violators including project proponent, concessionaire, any person or body responsible for such burning, shall be liable to pay environmental compensation of Rs 5,000 in case of simple burning, while Rs 25,000 in case of bulk waste burning,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

While directing every State and Union Territory to enforce and implement Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, the green panel also asked the Environment Ministry and all states to pass appropriate directions in relation to the ban on short-life Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and chlorinated plastics within a period of six months. (AGENCIES)

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