The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday directed the “official gardener” of BJP MP Jagdambika Pal to appear before it for allegedly burning leaves on the premises of the politician’s bungalow in New Delhi and refusing to pay a fine to the New Delhi Municipal Council .
The NGT sought the response of the Horticulture department of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) by July 13.
It was this department that engaged the gardener at Pal’s 12 Teen Murti Marg bungalow.
The directions follow an NDMC complaint. “When he was asked to pay compensation under Section 15 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 (the principle of ‘polluter pays’), he refused to obey the order,” NDMC’s lawyer Sakshi Popli said.
The NGT also asked the department to provide composting pits to deposit leaves and said the manure produced should be used by it.
It also directed the NDMC to check whether such composting pits were functioning and directed the municipal body to submit photographs of the pits.
The tribunal recently imposed a complete ban on open burning of waste such as garbage, leaves, plastic and crop residues. Violators are to be fined Rs 5,000 for this offence.