NGT announces Rs 1 lakh fine on those flouting construction ban
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Friday directed the Delhi government and all public authorities to strictly implement its order banning construction activity in the wake of the alarming pollution levels in the capital.
It also asked the neighbouring states to strictly prevent stubble burning, saying there were reports of large-scale residue burning from some parts.
The green panel ordered that if any violation of its order was found at the construction sites by the inspecting teams in Delhi and the National Capital Region an environment compensation of Rs 1 lakh would be levied for each such fault.
However, following a plea by the AAP government, the green panel allowed the industries engaged in essential services to operate in the Delhi-NCR on the condition that they would not pollute or cause emission.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar specifically asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to take a clear note of this direction. With regard to crop residue burning, the tribunal asked the neighbouring states to strictly ensure there is no stubble burning and incentives are provided to farmers to encourage them to desist from such acts.