Bindu Shajan Perappadan, The Hindu
Residents of Sukhdev Vihar, Okhla, have on Saturday written to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) against Delhi’s Jindal’s Timarpur-Okhla waste management incinerator stating that the plant is yet again spewing toxic ash.
Earlier the group had written to the National Human Rights Commission on March 28 appealing for help.
In their letter to the CPCB and DPCC, area residents noted: “The excessive dust fall was noticed, reported and inspected by the environmental watchdogs in December 2014 and later in January and February this year. We understand that the plant proponent were issued warning letter for the December incident and later a show cause notice was also issued. We were given to understand that the reply to the show cause notice was not satisfactory.”
The residents add that the spewing of the ash by the incinerator is a frequent occurrence which causes serious public health issues and warrants closure of the plant.
“We are beginning to lose confidence in the National Green Tribunal. In view of the fatal threat from the ongoing hazardous ash-fall from the municipal waste incinerator plant based on the Chinese technology, the NHRC’s imminent intervention will save the health of present and future generation of Delhi residents. Pregnant women, infants and older people are suffering from diseases caused by the plant’s toxic waste,” said an area resident Vimal Monga.
Gopal Krishna of NGO Toxics Watch Alliance, which has been working to highlight the plight of the residents here, said: “Residents living around an incinerator and other pollution sources have as per various studies shown significant increase in lung cancer related specifically to the incinerator. Doctors have noted that those living within 7.5 km of incinerators display risk of cancers specifically of stomach, colorectal, liver and lung cancer.”
Keywords: Sukhdev Vihar, Timarpur-Okhla waste management incinerator, Jindal waste incinerator, air pollution