Sangareddy: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) decision to impose Rs 25,000 fine for burning litter in open places did not deter the Panchyats and Civic bodies located along the National Highway-65 from burning the waste in open places.
At numerous places, the Staff of gram panchyats located along the NH-65 from Patancheru to Sangareddy were seen burning the waste at open places in violation of NGT and due to lack of monitoring from respective State government agencies. The burning of litter in open places is not only causing environmental pollution, it is also affecting visibility for the road users.
On Thursday, the civic staff of Rudraram Gram Panchyat of Patancheru mandal were seen burning the litter close to the National Highway while the smoke was seen engulfing the four-lane road. Vehicle drivers were forced to slow down their vehicles while crossing stretch as visibility was very low.
While this Correspondent was proceeding towards Sangareddy from Patancheru, the civic staff of Pothireddyplly Gram Panchyat were seen burning the litter close to Highway. Heaps of waste can be seen all along the Highway.
Speaking to Telangana Today, a road user, P Devendra said it was not only case of Rudrama or Pothireddypadu, most of the gram panchyats burn the waste along the road.
In a verdict during last December, the NGT had announced that they would impose Rs 25,000 penalty on bulk waste burning incidents and Rs 5,000 on simple burning of litter.