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Fire at Ghazipur garbage: NHRC seeks report from Delhi govt within 4 weeks

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Taking suo motu cognisance of the alleged slow pace of cleaning garbage heaps at Ghazipur and Bhalaswa landfill sites, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notices to the Delhi Chief Secretary and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), calling for a detail report in the matter within four weeks.

The Commission observed that every human being has basic human right to breathe clean air and live in a pollution-free environment.

It said inhalation of toxic air and living in polluted environment was a serious threat to the Right to Life and the Right to Health.

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The state is duty-bound to take all appropriate steps to alleviate the sufferings of common man by controlling and minimising the pollution levels in Delhi, which does not appear to have been done as yet, added the Commission.

It said going by the present pace of clearing garbage, the local population will be exposed to serious health hazards in the years to come. The hot winds will aggravate the fire and the polluted air will spread to adjoining areas, leading to breathing problems.

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