East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has begun issuing challans for burning of garbage in the open. The move follows an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), directing corporations, authorities and state governments to ensure there are proper composting pits for garbage and it is not burnt in the open.
According to officials, the corporation’s sanitation inspectors in each zone have been checking on open burning of waste material and issuing challans to those in violation of the new rule. Since April 30, the civic body has issued several fines including one to a deputy director of horticulture at a DDA school block in Shakarpur.
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Among others challaned are the priest of a temple near Ras Vihar Apartments, residents of jhuggis in New Seemapuri and the president of an apartment block in I P Extention.
Noting that the burning of garbage and other material such as plastic and leaves accounts for nearly 30 per cent of the air pollution in Delhi – specifically with reference to PM 10 particles – the NGT had ordered the complete ban.
The NGT also noted that burning trash in the open produces many pollutants that may cause cancer.
“We are issuing challans in compliance with NGT orders. Whoever is found burning garbage will be fined, including persons on whose premises the garbage is being burnt,” EDMC spokesperson Yogendra Singh Mann said.
Mann added that checking for such defaulters will be a regular duty for all sanitation inspectors.