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Over 1400 defaulters with pending challans given notice by NGT

The National Green Tribunal issued notice to over 1400 defaulters who have not paid environmental compensation for violating its order.

Published: 21st December 2016 06:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st December 2016 06:09 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday issued notice to over 1400 defaulters who have not paid environmental compensation for violating its order on waste burning and dust pollution, on a plea filed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).
 
A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar also issued notice to the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM)concerned with the district to explain why the tribunal's order on recovery
of environmental compensation (EC) from the defaulters was not
implemented.
 
It noted that EDMC has said in its plea that there were 336 defaulters for burning waste and 1082 defaulters for causing dust pollution who have not yet paid the challan (fine) amount.
 
"Notice be issued to all the parties and be served by the corporation. The defaulters are directed to appear before the tribunal on the next date of hearing, January 30.
 
"Notice be also issued to the SDM of the district to explain why the order of the tribunal was not implemented for recovery of EC," said the Bench.
 
Advocate Balendu Shekhar, appearing for EDMC, said challans were issued against defaulters in compliance with the tribunal's order which several of them have still not paid.
 
He said in view of the green panel's April 28, 2015 order, any person found burning in the open any kind of garbage- leaves, waste plastic, rubber, self-moulding compound or any other such material, he or she would be liable to pay Rs 5,000 compensation under the National Green Tribunal Act for polluting the environment.
 
"There are two zones - Shahdara (north) and Shahdara (south)- in EDMC. As on date, a total of 520 challans have been issued on account of waste burning, out of which Rs 9,96,100 have been collected. However, there are 336 challans which have not been paid by the defaulters till date," the application said. 
To tackle dust pollution, the corporation said a total of 1403 challans have been issued out of which Rs 63,15,000 have been collected, but there are 1082 challans which are still pending.



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