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Tribunal prohibits burning of plastic

The Times of India, New Delhi, 9th April, 2013

New Delhi: Taking cognizance of serious environmental pollution resulting from rampant burning of plastic and leather materials, the National Green Tribunal has ordered the Delhi Police commissioner to prohibit these activities in and around Mundka and Tikri Kalan in west district.

The principal bench of the tribunal headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed these orders during the hearing of two separate cases related to environmental pollution. Delhi High Court had earlier transferred both the cases — filed by city residents Satish Kumar and Mahavir Singh — to the green tribunal for adjudication.

The petitioner Satish Kumar had alleged that such burning activities have continued unabated despite a ban imposed by the Delhi high court in 2010. Advocate Saket Sikri, appearing for the petitioner, had brought to the notice of the tribunal on how burning of plastic and leather by several industrial units has been adversely impacting the health of residents living nearby. The tribunal has ordered the DCP having jurisdiction over Mundka and Tikri Kalan areas to file a status report regarding action taken before the next hearing on April 29.

The tribunal, while passing these orders, has also asked Haryana police to comply with the directions prohibiting the burning of unused leather and plastic products in the area. The senior superintendent of police of Jhajjar district has also been directed to comply with the orders of the tribunal. The tribunal has also directed the North corporation to clarify its stand in the matter by impleading itself as a party to the case.