NAJEEB JUNG (LG OF DELHI)
CHIEF ENGINEER DWARKA
LAW RELATED TO BURNING OF LEAVES IN DELHI
As per Section 37 of the Air Act, 1981, whoever fails to comply with the provisions of Section 31 (A) is liable for punishment with imprisonment for a term which would not be less than one year and six months, but which may extend to six years with fine, and in case the failure continues, with an additional fine which may extend to Rs. 5,000 every day.
The Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000 and the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) also prohibits the burning of leaves. Composting of leaves and giving back to nature its due, by converting the pits into rich natural manure has been suggested by the Department of Environment.