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Notice on Plea against illegal Burning of Bio-Medical Waste - SC

2020-02-18

A notice has been issued by the Supreme Court in matter regarding the rampant illegal and unauthorized bio-medical waste burning that is being carried out in South Delhi. Such an illegal act is consequently creating severe risk for the health of the people residing in the adjacent area as well as increasing the deterioration of the air quality in the city.

An intervention application was filed to bring to the attention of the Court the violation of the Order dated 04.11.2019. The November 4, 2019 order stated –

  • complete prohibition and ban upon open-burning of garbage and solid-wastes within the municipal limits of the city.
  • the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, as well as the municipal corporation, were directed to chalk out an immediate plan and to ensure that waste and garbage to be removed to safe forthwith and also to ensure that no open dumping takes place.

In the present application there are claims of witnessing the burning of bio-medical waste on large tracts of land in the heart of the city on 31st October 2019. To corroborate the same, the Intervenor's colleagues conducted an inspection on 23rd November 2019 and confirmed the presence of the activity, in direct contravention of the 4th November order.

On the basis of the same, the Bench of the Supreme Court of India, comprising of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta, issued notice and directed a reply, if any to be filed by February 2, 2020 and the matter will be next heard on February 28, 2020

 

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