Brahmapuram fire: HC highlights citizens’ right to safe environment, gives directions to authorities

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Kochi: Kerala High Court on Wednesday highlighted citizens’ right to a safe environment. The court was adjudicating the suo motu case in connection with the Brahmapuram fire.

The district collector, additional secretary of the local self-government department, pollution control board chairman and Kochi Corporation secretary, among other officials were present (some attended virtually).

The court was informed that the waste plant has no electricity connection and operates on generators. In response, it has directed authorities concerned to make arrangements for getting an electricity connection at the earliest or at least a temporary connection.

The court directed authorities to furnish data on waste reaching the waste plan and a report on various operations followed for waste management.

It asked the civic bodies to ensure that the segregation of waste happens at the source of collection. It sought an action plan and also asked the authorities to take stringent action against individuals throwing waste in public areas.

The court is likely to issue an interim order on the matter.

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