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Delhi govt gets notice over waste burning at Shahdara drain

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

watchdog CPCB has issued a show-cause notice to government's Irrigation and Flood Control Department, asking why it should not be prosecuted for not containing open burning of waste at drain.

The Control Board or CPCB also asked why a fine Rs 1 crore should not be imposed upon it over non-compliance of directions.

Calling open dumping of waste a major cause of air affecting human health, CPCB S P Parihar said during inspection of drain during November 1-5, it was found that industrial solid waste was burnt and dumped at several stretches along the drain.

"Three incidents of waste burning were cited during November 4-5. Local residents have also reported several cases of waste burning along the drain which has caused air pollution," Parihar said in the notice dated December 3.

He said the inspections were carried out during clean air campaign from November 1-10 by teams comprising officials from Ministry, CPCB, Committee and the local civic body.

The campaign was launched by the Ministry to monitor and report polluting activities and ordered halting of construction activities and regulating vehicular traffic.

Parihar asked in the notice that why officials from the Irrigation and Flood Control Department should not be prosecuted and "why you should not be held responsible for open burning and dumping of waste in drain".

On December 2, the Board (CPCB) sent show-cause notices to municipal bodies SDMC and EDMC for failing to check air polluting activities under their jurisdiction, asking why their commissioners should not be prosecuted for inaction.

In two separate notices issued on November 29, the watchdog asked for an explanation as to why action should not be initiated for prosecution of the South Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and (EDMC) commissioners for "failing to effectively control air polluting incidence" under their jurisdiction.

The had last week asked the CPCB to prosecute government officials for not acting on around 250 complaints received by it from citizens.

"Why don't you prosecute these officials? You should prosecute them.

"Let these people realise what they have done, the top court had told the CPCB.

Supreme Court-appointed Authority had also lashed out at enforcement agencies, alleging that Delhi's civic and urban bodies are "not properly implementing" the directions issued to curb pollution.

Delhi has been battling alarming levels of pollution for over a month with the air quality oscillating between 'poor' and 'severe' categories, which has prompted authorities to adopt a slew of measures.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 18:35 IST