Thursday, January 30, 2020

GT junks plea over aircraft dropping poop on Delhi home

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has junked a retired army officer''s plea that aircraft were dumping human excreta on his south Delhi residence, saying it might have been a mischief done by an individual.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said there was no material to link the waste found on the wall of the applicant to the aircraft.

"If such waste had come from the aircraft, the incidents would have been frequent, given the large number of aircraft flying. Beyond the isolated two incidents which have been pointed out, there is no material to ensure that such incidents are frequent.

"Linking the two incidents of excreta being on walls of the applicant, there is no reasonable possibility of the same being from an aircraft so as to burden DGCA with any liability or to award compensation to the applicant," the bench said.

The bench added, "There could equally be possibility of any individual mischief unlinked to any aircraft. In such circumstances, ''precautionary'' principle of environment law cannot be involved."

The tribunal passed the order after noting a report filed by the Central Pollution Control Board which stated that the source of the excreta could not be identified and no concrete information of the incident was available.

On October 2016, a Delhi resident, Lt Gen (retd) Satwant Singh Dahiya, had filed a case alleging that houses in his neighbourhood were damaged by faeces dumped by aircraft at night.
30/01/20 PTI/Outlook
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