20/12/2016 8:03 AM IST | Updated 20/12/2016 8:32 AM IST

Throwing Garbage In Delhi Just Got Very Costly


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Any person who throws garabage in a public place in the national capital of India will be fined ₹10,000, the National Green Tribunal has ruled. The same applies for a private or government agency.

"Any person, hotel, resident, slaughter house, vegetable market etc that does not comply with the directions or throws waste over any drain or public place shall be liable to pay environmental compensation at the rate of Rs 10,000 per default," said the NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar in response to a petition filed on the violation of waste management norms.

On the issue of waste management, NGT pointed out that Delhi generated about 9,600 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste per day and called for a scheme to incentivize people to segregate their waste at source. Incentives could include "rebate in property tax."

"As per polluter pays principle, each person will be liable to pay for causing pollution. It's the duty of a citizen to ensure that waste is handled properly... The entire burden cannot be shifted on the state and authorities," NGT said.

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