The National Green Tribunal has passed directions, ordering confiscation of vehicles being used in illegal dumping of building or waste material on roads.
While expressing concern over the increasing cases of encroachment on the Khaira Road in Najafgarh area, the NGT bench said, “In cases where the police as well as SDMC finds any person who is illegally dumping building material or any other waste material on the road, they shall immediately confiscate those vehicles…appropriate and criminal action should be initiated in accordance with law.”
The NGT added that in case construction material had been dumped on private land, then the MCD needed to take appropriate legal action.
“The MCD shall give appropriate notice to the owner of premises concerned and after giving opportunity and being satisfied that illegal dumping has been done in an unauthorised manner, the premises shall be sealed,” it said.
In cases pertaining to the dumping of waste on agricultural land, the NGT asked the SMDC to give suitable direction to concerned authorities.
The tribunal’s direction came on a petition filed by Ravinder Yadav, an assistant professor at a government college in Haryana, who had alleged that authorities have turned a blind eye to the encroachments in Khaira Road area. “Building material is illegally transported, stored and being dumped by tractors (originally used for agricultural purposes) and trucks on the roads at Krishna Vihar East and West on Khaira Road, Najafgargh, resulting in environmental pollution,” it had said. The tribunal also directed SDMC to pay an amount of Rs 3,600 to Yadav as he had to take six days casual leave for the purpose of this case.