The order comes three weeks after the Tribunal banned plying of diesel vehicles which were more than 10 years old in the region.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed a slew of directions, including asking the civic authorities and state governments of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to "immediately" spread mass awareness regarding ill-effects of burning waste materials in open areas.

"It is on record before us that burning of garbage and other materials is not only source of air pollution but forms 29.4 per cent of air pollution with reference to PM10.
Burning of material also causes serious respiratory problems and are even carcinogenic.

"There shall be complete prohibition on burning of anykind of garbage, leaves, waste, plastic, rubber or any such other materials in open areas for any part of NCR-Delhi," it said.

PM or Particulate matter refers to all solid and liquid particles suspended in air many of which are hazardous. They are differentiated on the basis of their size.
Elaborating on the process for filing complaints, it said "any person who notices burning of such material would have a right to complain in writing or otherwise to SHO of concerned area, concerned Municipal Corporation, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and its regional branches and to the heads of the concerned departments".

"We direct that for every incident of burning of such material, the person who is actually found burning or responsible for burning would be liable to pay compensation in terms of Section 15 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 under the principle of polluter pays," the bench said adding that the money collected would be used for restoration of environment.

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