A petition said that 10 metric tonnes of waste is generated during a match at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
The National Green Tribunal directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee today to look into the issue of waste disposal during the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) matches at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in the capital. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar asked the pollution control board to examine the concern raised in a petition seeking compliance with the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016 during IPL matches.
It, however, dismissed the petition noting that it did not mention about the source of waste generation. "What kind of waste is generated during the matches? What is the source of waste generation? Your petition does not mention about it. We find no merit in this plea," the bench said.
Advocate Rahul Khurana, appearing for the petitioner, told the bench that there was mismanagement during IPL 2016, when approximately 10 metric tonnes of waste was generated at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium which was lifted without segregation. When the bench refused to issue notice to the parties in the case, the counsel withdrew his plea.
The petition filed by Ghaziabad resident Ajay Mehra sought constitution of a committee of representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Delhi government and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to ensure the same. "Approximately, 40,000 persons gather for each match and 10 metric tonnes waste generated at the stadium during a match comprises both biodegradable, non-biodegradable waste such as leftover food, plastic wrappers, bottles, etc," it said.
It contended that during the last edition of IPL, no certificate was produced to the effect that segregated waste was handed over to waste collector or agency specified by local authority i.e. NDMC.
"Even separate dustbins were not placed to ensure segregation of waste," it said, adding that non-disposal of waste in accordance with SWM Rules, 2016 would result in unhygienic and unhealthy condition in the city.
The IPL matches will be held at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on April 15, 17, 22; May 2, 4, 12 and 14.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)