An Environment Department official said traffic authorities who were unsure whether they had the requisite powers to impose the fine in this regard have been told by the city government that they could do so under an NGT order.        

"Until now traffic authorities could penalise errant vehicles up to Rs 2,000 under the Motor Vehicles Act. Now the fine will go up to Rs 5,000 and they can very well do acting on relevant orders of the National Green Tribunal", a senior government official said.           

The official said Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) had last week written to traffic authorities, who met government officials on Monday, and agreed to enforce the order.         

In another letter, Delhi Environment Secretary has told traffic authorities that they can deposit the collected fine with the DPCC till they have their own arrangements.
As per NGT orders, all construction material and debris shall be carried in trucks or vehicles that are fully covered and the vehicles used for such transportation shall be properly cleaned before being permitted to ply on roads.

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