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NGT to fine those found throwing waste in public places with Rs 10,000
The National Green Tribunal (NGT), that was established with the sole purpose of effective disposal of cases related to protection of the environment has come up with a new plan, according to which anyone found throwing garbage or found littering a public place will be charged a fine of Rs 10,0000.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said, "Any such body, person, hotels, residents, slaughter houses, vegetable markets etc. which does not comply with the directions or throw their waste over any drain or public place shall be liable to pay environmental compensation at the rate of Rs 10,000 per default." 

The NGT says that it is the "statutory" obligation of all authorities to ensure that the waste is "collected, transported and disposed" of in accordance with Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 to prevent public health hazard.

While announcing the stringent penalty of Rs 10,000 on those found throwing waste in public areas, the green panel said that Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), especially in Delhi, was one of the most serious pollutants in the country. The national capital generates a whopping 9,600 metric tonnes of MSW per day and there's no "clear map" ready for its disposal. The present situation in Delhi is dismal, as even the poshest areas of the city have open waste dumping sites.

Commissioners of all corporations have been asked by the committee to submit their proposals for providing incentives for those who give segregated waste at source, "by way of rebate in property tax and on another hand to impose penalties on residents, societies, RWAs who do not provide segregated waste."

The bench further said, "It should be kept in mind that as per polluter pays principle, each person would be liable to pay for causing pollution if the waste is generated. It is the duty of a citizen to ensure that said waste is handled properly and not to cause any pollution or cause inconvenience to other persons. The entire burden cannot be shifted to the state and authorities."

This heavy fine is expected to act as a deterrent for those who habitually dump waste in open public areas.

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