Sunday, September 19, 2021
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

Treat plea seeking proper ventilation of closed spaces to prevent Covid-19 as representation: Delhi HC tells authorities

Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday told the authorities to treat as representation, a petition highlighting the role played by improper dilution and ventilation in airborne infection in built spaces.

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh passed the direction on a plea emphasising the need to put on preventive methodologies in the in-built environment, so as to make these spaces immune to the spread of infection.

Advocate K.C. Mittal, representing the petitioner, submitted that in closed buildings, the Covid-19 virus spreads rapidly and centralised air-conditioning further aggravates the issue.

The Bench was of the view that the grievance of the petitioner relates to taking proper and appropriate measures in closed areas to reduce the presence of biological contaminants in the air; and the same requires observations and suggestions by an expert body.

The Bench orally remarked that an expert team was also called in the High Court for inspection of the Delhi High Court Complex and on the suggestions of the said body, necessary changes were made in the building.

The Bench disposed of the petition, while directing the concerned authorities to treat the petition as representation and decide it in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policies applicable to the facts of the case, as expeditiously as possible, keeping in mind the present situation.

The petition was filed by one Raja Singh, a research scholar working in the area of airborne infection spread and the role played by ventilation in containing the spread, through Advocates Yugansh Mittal and Amit Prakash Shahi.

The plea sought directions for appropriate measures, enabling proper dilution and ventilation of air in built environments, keeping in view the presence of biological contaminants in air.

The petitioner claimed that during his research work, he came to know about the worsening quality of air due to biological contaminants and improper dilution and ventilation of air in built spaces such as houses and offices as also transportation means, such as air-conditioned buses, trains and other modes of transport.

The petition highlighted that an application was filed before the Delhi High Court in April, 2020, raising concern about the usage of central air-conditioning in the High Court Complex in the light of Covid-19 pandemic.

Also Read: Unable to establish who leaked Asif Iqbal Tanha chargesheet details, confession to media: Delhi Police tells HC

Since there was no conclusive evidence at that time, on the spread of virus through air, the Bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar, vide order dated May 1, 2020,disposed of the application on the ground that no mathematical solution to the problem of air contamination is possible, while observing that a Special Committee has already been constituted to look into the issue. But later on in July, 2020, the World Health Organisation stated in a report that COVID-19 also spreads through the airborne route.

The petitioner filed several applications before the concerned authorities highlighting the issue, however, no concrete response has been received yet.
The plea states: “The scientists have warned about a future pandemic which would be more disastrous and destructive than the Covid-19 and will spray through air. The dilution ventilation diffuses the concentration of the droplets as such minimizing the probability of infection. It is stated that the dilution of air is easiest in the open air and becomes an issue requiring intervention in the indoor spaces.”

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.

News Update

Supreme Court refuses relief to NLSIU student who wasn’t promoted due to uncleared exams

A two-judge bench of Supreme Court said “How long you want that courts should run the institutions/universities and why should we interfere?” While relying to the contentions of the petitioners counsel to promote her to final year by way of an opportunity.

NGT directs stoppage of Baitarani river project work of sand filling, embankment, retention wall

According to the order 8 applicants are seeking a direction to the respondents restraining them from the sand filling work of the river basin of Baitarani on the South Bank at the place where river Baitarani bifurcates as Old Baitarani and New Baitarani in the Bhadrak District of Odisha.

Allahabad High Court recalls order listing case of errant advocate before another bench

The Allahabad High Court has recently recalled its order in which it had directed the listing of a matter before another bench citing the "mischievous behaviour of the advocate".

CBI seeks dismissal of petition for separating Director of Prosecution from agency, says post enjoys full autonomy in affidavit

The Central Bureau of Investigation has informed the Delhi High Court that the Directorate of Prosecution has got full autonomy and there is no interference in the functioning of a law officer and it has no decision-making power in the appointment of the Director of Prosecution.

Supreme Court allows appeal against summons issued to invoke power under Section 319 CrPC

The Supreme Court has set aside the summons passed by the Sessions Judge, Khiri saying the Sessions Judge will apply his mind in the light of principles laid down by the Constitution Bench.
Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.