NGT fines Delhi government Rs 900 crore for its failure in ‘solid waste management’

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in an order passed on 12 October 2022 has ordered the Delhi government to pay Rs 900 crore as environmental compensation for improper management of solid municipal waste, stating that "citizens cannot be faced with an emergency situation due to lack of governance."

The NGT bench heard by Justice Adarsh Goel held the Delhi government responsible for not taking remedial steps to deal with the solid waste at the three landfills sites of Delhi- Ghazipur, Bhalswa, and Okhla .

The Bench said that there was continuous emission of methane and other harmful gasses along with groundwater contamination which posed a direct threat to the environment and people of Delhi.

The Bench directed the Delhi government to deposit the fine amount in a separate account which will be used by the Delhi Chief Secretary to for restoration of the environment by remediation of waste and other measures.

The NGT is monitoring compliance of Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and other environmental issues by states and Union territories. 

National Green Tribunal 

  • It deals with cases relating to the environment protection and conservation of forest.
  • It was set up in 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010.
  • The Tribunal is not  bound by the procedure laid down under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, but is  guided by principles of natural justice.
  •  New Delhi is the Principal Place of Sitting of the Tribunal and Bhopal, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai are  other four places of sitting of the Tribunal.

Chairperson : Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel

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