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Delhi High Court expresses concern over fires at Ghazipur landfill

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday expressed concern over the fires occurring at Ghazipur Landfill in East Delhi, leading to severe pollution in the adjoining area.

“A fire broke out at the said site on 28 March, 2022 and 9 April, 2022, leading to burning of hazardous waste dumped at the said landfill site which in turn led to huge smoke generation leading to severe air pollution in the area”

-said the court.

The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla has directed the State and Centre to file reports regarding the cause of the fire and the measure being taken to mitigate the fire along with measures for future prevention.

The Court made the aforementioned comments in a 2015 suo motu case, where the court had taken cognizance upon coming across reports that Delhi was amongst the most polluted cities in the world.

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“The respondents are directed to file status and action taken report disclosing the reasons for the outbreak of fire in the landfill site, steps taken to extinguish and how they are proposing to ensure that such incident does not occur”

-the court has directed.

An application had been filed in the petition seeking direction the Centre and State Governments. The Court refused to entertain the said application stating that the applicant should come through Amicus Curiae Kailash Vasdev, Senior Advocate, or file a separate petition. The applicant subsequently withdrew his petition.

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