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  • Be ready to pay Rs.5000 as fine if you dump wastes in the Aravallis

    May 20, 2016

    The NGT, on Thursday, ruled that any person found polluting the environment by throwing and dumping wastes in the Aravalli forest would have to pay a penalty of Rs.5000. The NGT also criticized the forest officials for not raising a voice against the dumping of industrial wastes in the forest premises.

    "Every person who is found to be throwing muck or waste in that area, the respondent authorities are at liberty to seize the vehicles and impose cost of s. 5000 as environmental compensations for each of such violations as it will be an apparent violation of our order dated January 22, 2016.

    "There will be proper check points at the beginning of the roads and entering towards the Aravalli hills. Let the compliance status report be submitted before the next date of hearing," a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swantanter Kumar said.

    It also directed the Police Commissioners of Gurgaon and Faridabad to ensure that the directions issued by NGT are fully complied and posted the matter for hearing on July 13.

    During the hearing, the counsels appearing for different parties assured the tribunal that that they would take immediate steps to ensure that no muck or other waste is thrown in the forest area of Aravalli hills.

    The counsels also said that the departments concerned would appoint teams which will keep vigil in the area. On January 22, the tribunal had restrained Haryana Urban Development Authority or HUDA and Gurgaon Municipal Corporation from dumping waste in the Aravalli forest and issued them notice to show cause why environmental compensation not be imposed on them.
     

    OUR TAKE

    The decision to handle the defaulters by imposing fines is a step in the right direction. The protection of the environment is imperative for a safe and sound country. Only months after the Paris Climate Summit, it is very important that we, as a country make a conscious effort to save every tree, every shrub and every sapling if we have to ensure a green and clean future for generations to come.


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