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
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 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.