NGT bans open waste burning

NGT bans open waste burning

NGT bans open waste burning

The National Green Tribunal has chose to impose a fine of Rs 50000 on the airline whose aircraft empties its human waste tank while still being in the air.

The tribunal was hearing a plea made by a retired army officer who alleged that aircraft drop human excreta over residential areas near the Delhi airport.

"On landing, aircraft shall be subjected to surprise inspection to see that human waste tanks are not empty".

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He said in view of the green panel's April 28, 2015 order, any person found burning in open any kind of garbage leaves, waste plastic, rubber, self-moulding compound or any other such material, he or she would be liable to pay Rs 5,000 compensation under the National Green Tribunal Act for polluting the environment.

The DGCA would be required to submit a quarterly report on their findings and also set up a helpline number to address similar complaints.

The Central Pollution Control Board, a government body, could not ascertain whether a sample it tested was human or bird waste, although the court said chemicals present in the sample clearly indicated that it was human excreta.

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT), that was established with the sole goal of effective disposal of cases related to protection of the environment has come up with a new plan, according to which anyone found throwing garbage or found littering a public place will be charged a fine of Rs 10,0000. However, aviation officials acknowledge that lavatory leaks can occur in the air at times.

The NGT says that it is the "statutory" obligation of all authorities to ensure that the waste is "collected, transported and disposed" of in accordance with Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 to prevent public health hazard.

A staff of IndiGo airlines on condition of anonymity said, "Under normal circumstances, the ground crew disposes the waste after the plane lands. But modern airlines have an advanced system of waste collection and disposal that does not require using this liquid". In 2011, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of New Zealand released a report after probing complaints of countryside homes being splattered with frozen waste. The report found that the splattered waste was not related to aircraft.

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