Airlines dumping human excreta mid air to be fined 50,000, says NGT

Earlier, the NGT had asked pollution watchdog Central Pollution Control Board to collect samples of waste from the petitioner's house to test if it was indeed human excreta

Airlines dumping human excreta mid air to be fined 50,000, says NGT

Hearing a plea made by a retired army officer who alleged that aircraft drop human excreta over residential areas near the Delhi airport, the National Green Tribunal has directed airlines to pay Rs 50,000 as environmental compensation if they are found dumping excreta from the aircraft mid-flight, DNA reported. The petitioner termed the act as a violation of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar passed the directions while disposing of a plea by a retired Army officer alleging dumping of excreta by an aircraft over his terrace near the IGI airport.


“DGCA shall issue directions that aircraft shall be subjected to surprise inspection to see if waste tanks are not empty. If any aircraft is found violating the circular or (their) tanks are found empty on landing, they shall be subjected to an environment compensation of Rs 50,000 per default,” the tribunal ordered.
 The NGT directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to issue a circular to all ground handling services and airlines to ensure they do not drop human waste while landing or anywhere near the terminals of the airport. The tribunal said the amount collected as fine from the airlines should be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board for environment protection. It also directed the DGCA to set up a helpline number to address such complaints.


Earlier, the NGT had asked pollution watchdog Central Pollution Control Board to collect samples of waste from the petitioner's house to test if it was indeed human excreta. The CPCB tested the samples and said that it human excreta. While issuing directions, the green panel expressed surprise over the CPCB report, saying, "We are surprised to note the stand of CPCB to the extent of coliform and the kind of splashes created on the houses of the petitioner as well as others clearly demonstrate that it was human excreta."



The NGT also slapped a fine of Rs.5,000 on the ministry of civil aviation and environment ministry for not filing inspection report on the petition.