HC takes serious note of pollution in State

PIL seeks direction to save slums from contamination

The Madras High Court on Monday came down heavily on widespread pollution in Tamil Nadu and sought responses from the Centre and the State government on a public interest litigation petition that sought a direction to address air and water pollution issues plaguing slums in all the city corporations, including Chennai.

The first Division Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice A. Selvam ordered notices, returnable in two weeks, on the petition filed by the Sriperumbudur-based Global Warming Environment Protection Society represented by its president Swami Govinda Ramanuja Dasa, who appeared in person.

In his affidavit, the petitioner said unhygienic conditions prevailing in slums was a matter of concern. Most of them were situated close to river courses that had become a source of diseases due to large-scale dumping of garbage and letting out of sewage. It was the duty of the government to keep those localities clean.

Objections raised

Opposing his plea, Government Pleader T.N. Rajagopalan said the petitioner had not submitted proof for having sent representations to the government officials concerned before approaching the court. He pointed out that the representation enclosed in the case bundle appeared to be a replica of the affidavit filed in support of the PIL petition.....Read more


Source web page:The Hindu

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