New Delhi: Waste dumping sites produce harmful gases and when put on fire, it becomes the worst for public health and the environment, the National Green Tribunal has said.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar made the observation while forming a committee headed by the secretary of Delhi government’s Urban Development department to inspect and file a report on indiscriminate burning of waste in dumping sites at Ghazipur and Bhalswa areas here. “Needless to note that these dumping sites, even without being put on fire, generate gases which are injurious to the environment and public health. Once they are put on fire, intentionally or otherwise, to reduce the quantum of dumped waste at site, certainly becomes worst, both for human health and environment,” the tribunal said.
It noted that the emission of gases visibly were highly polluting and dangerous to human health. The bench asked the panel to submit a report by tomorrow after taking note of various photographs showing dumps of waste “which are already much beyond the prescribed limit and are on fire”.“We therefore constitute a Committee consisting of Member Secretary, CPCB Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee.” PTI
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