Naional Green Tribunal bans disposable plastic in Delhi, NCR from January 1, 2017, and directs the city government to take steps to reduce dumped waste.
NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar, refused to shut down the Okhla waste-to-energy plant and issued a slew of directions for its eco-friendly operation along with two other plants at Gazipur and Bhalswa.
He said-“We direct that the Okhla plant shall continue to operate subject to the order of the tribunal… All the corporations, DDA and other public authorities including NCT of Delhi are directed to take immediate steps for reduction and utilisation of dumped waste“.
The following rules and regulations were laid down-
- The bench, while directing the plants to “strictly follow” the prescribed norms provided in the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, said they will be fined Rs five lakh for non-compliance of directions and each pollution incident.
- Environment compensation of Rs 10,000 will be imposed on the vegetable vendors and slaughter houses for throwing garbage in public places.
- It directed the Delhi government to make operational the Shastri Park Waste Disposal Plant in six weeks after DPCC said it required an environmental clearance.
- The government has also been asked to include a condition in all tenders for construction work that they will use the waste materials released by the plants for road construction.
Lets say no to PLASTIC and live a ECO-FRIENDLY life!
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