New Delhi: The Supreme Court docket has pulled up the Centre for "creating wealth" at the price of residents' well being by permitting dumping in India of hazardous waste from international international locations.
A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar termed the difficulty as "vital" and stated the authorities can not bypass the rules because the folks of the nation are dealing with the implications.
"You (the Centre) are taking waste from different international locations and permitting it to be dumped right here. You earn cash out of it however the residents of this nation face the implications," the bench, additionally comprising Justices N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud and S Ok Kaul, stated.
The apex courtroom additionally refused to provide a lot time to the Centre for submitting a response to the plea searching for to curb the dumping of hazardous waste in India from different international locations.
"We’re not going to let go this petition. This problem is so vital. You can not bypass the rules. Please do one thing," the bench stated.
The bench directed the federal government to file a consolidated affidavit after the petitioner consolidates all present points pertaining to hazardous waste and furnishes a abstract to the Centre.
"You may study the orders and see what’s going on after which include a consolidated affidavit. It is a critical problem," the apex courtroom stated and posted the matter for additional listening to on March 31.
Advocate Sanjay Parekh, showing for NGO Analysis Basis for Science, claimed that authorities have been giving permission and permitting disposal of hazardous and contaminated supplies in India which is affecting the residents' well being.
He argued that guidelines and norms weren’t being adopted regardless of a number of instructions by the apex courtroom.
Earlier, on the NGO's plea, the apex courtroom had denied permission to a international ship, which was concerned in one of many worst-ever oil spills off Alaska in 1989, to anchor off the Gujarat coast for dismantling.
The NGO had alleged that the ship was contaminated and that the 1989 Basel Conference made it obligatory for a ship to be decontaminated on the port of the exporting nation earlier than being despatched for dismantling.
The Basel Conference had come up in 1989 following an outcry over poisonous wastes being exported to the growing international locations.