Delhi to crack down on burning of leaves, garbage

Concerned over deteriorating air quality in the city, Delhi government on Thursday decided to punish those found burning leaves and garbage as per the provision of Environment Protection Act which provides for a jail term of up to five years and fine of Rs one lakh against the offenders.

Delhi Environment Secretary Sanjiv Kumar issued instructions to all concerned agencies, including the municipal bodies, to strictly enforce the ban on the burning of leaves and garbage in the city.

Delhi government had imposed the ban in 2010 to cut down air pollution but agencies have not been able to enforce it effectively.

‘We will come down hard on the offenders as per provision of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 which provides for jail term upto five years with a fine which may extend to one lakh rupees, or both,’ Kumar said.

He said the municipal bodies have been told to ensure composting of leaves and garbage. The decision to enforce the ban on burning of leaves came a day after Delhi cabinet had expressed serious concern over ‘unprecedented’ smog cover engulfing the city for the last few days and deciding to seek intervention of the central government.
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