NGT directs DPCC, Delhi civic bodies to submit report on unregulated slaughter of pigs

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the city’s municipal corporations to submit a report on a plea alleging pollution caused by unregulated slaughter of pigs.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel on Thursday sought a factual and action taken report from DPCC, and New Delhi, South Delhi, East Delhi and North Delhi municipal corporations within a month.

The DPCC will be the nodal agency for coordination and compliance, the NGT said.

The tribunal’s order came on a plea filed by city resident Pramod Bahadur and a religious outfit, Ojasvi Party, against pollution caused on account of unregulated slaughter of pigs.

According to the applicants, 2,000-5,000 pigs are slaughtered in a day without specific and dedicated place and in the process 25,000 litres of toxic blood is released into the Yamuna river.

The applicants referred to Section 7 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, and Rule 3 of the rules framed thereunder, prohibiting discharge of pollution beyond the prescribed norms.

They said unchecked slaughtering has potential of causing diseases and sought direction to set up a slaughter house.

The tribunal said the only issue which it would consider is whether there is a need to check unscientific discharge of blood and carcasses of slaughtered animals in violation of environmental norms.

The matter is posted for next hearing on October 18.

Court slams Delhi civic agencies for waterlogging

The Delhi High Court Tuesday slammed the civic agencies of Delhi for not taking steps to desilt drains and prevent waterlogging during rains, and asked them to present maps related to the drainage system by Aug 28.

The municipal corporations and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) failed to file a status report on the measures taken by them to prevent waterlogging. It was second time when the agencies failed to file the status report with the court.

A division bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Vipin Sanghi came down heavily on the civic agencies and said: “Drains must be clear. There are no short-term measures to stop waterlogging in the city. If you don’t know the number of drains in the area, how will you clean them?”

“Our job is not to perform duty on your behalf. Our duty is to ensure that you perform the duty,” the bench said, noting that the civic agencies were not performing their duty.

The civic agency claimed that long-term plans were there as per the Master Plan 2021 to solve the problem.

The court said: “Year after year waterlogging problem occurs. You cannot ask citizens to wait for implementation of your long-term plans.”

The court asked the civic agencies to place on record the maps related to drains by next week.

The order came while hearing a contempt plea filed by an NGO charging the civic agencies with non-compliance of the court’s July 11 order, which directed them to take steps to end the problem of waterlogging in Delhi in 15 days.

NGO Nyaya Bhoomi president B.B. Sharan asked the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the officials of the civic bodies.

Counsel for the NDMC said no complaint of waterlogging was reported in its area.