The Supreme Court bench of CJI JS Khehar, Justices N.V. Ramana, D.Y. Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul came down heavily on the government on February 17, regarding the hazardous dumping ground that the certain areas of Madhaya Pradesh had become.

The PIL sought directions to check the alarming situation created by dumping of hazardous waste and its serious and irreversible damage. This was affecting the environment, flora and fauna, health of animals and humans.

Pursuant to the Writ Petition the apex court had ordered on August 26, 2014, that the State of Madhya Pradesh and the officers/officials concerned ensure effective steps are taken for providing clean drinking water on regular basis without fail to provide service connections and to repair the water pipelines. However, in the Nawab Colony, Blue Moon Colony, Sundar Nagar Lal Tank, Shiv Shakti Nagar, Preet Nagar, Chandbadi, Kainchi Chhola, Navjeevan Colony, Prem Nagar, Shiv Nagar and Kalyan Nagar only a project report was prepared for drainage system.

This was not to the court’s liking and on February 17 it said: “We are not going to let go this. Everything cannot be in affidavit. You cannot take waste from other country and dump here this country is not a dumping yard.”

The Union government has sought four weeks time to seek instructions and file an affidavit. The petitioner has been directed to give a summary of THE current situation on hazardous waste.