Airlines to be fined Rs 50,000 for ‘poop drop’

2/ 09/ 2018 de 6:19 | Publicado en Hielo azul, Hielo del fuselaje | Comentarios desactivados en Airlines to be fined Rs 50,000 for ‘poop drop’

Saurabh Sinha | TNN | Sep 2, 2018, 03:52 IST

NEW DELHI: Drop poop from flying planes and pay Rs 50,000 as fine [aprox. 604 euros]. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued this directive to all airlines and other players operating aircraft to, from and within India to comply with an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). However, in the same breath, the aviation regulator said it is impossible for flying aircraft to dump excreta and moved the green court to review its order due to which this directive had to be issued.

Till the final outcome of its review petition, the DGCA has directed all air operators “not to release any waste while landing or take-off at or near the airports… As the matter is still sub-judice, the directions are interim in nature and finality of the same shall depend upon final adjudication of the matter.”

“Violation of this order will attract the penal provision in terms of environmental compensation of Rs 50,000 per default, as per NGT order dated December 20, 2016, which will be levied to the air operator. The amount so collected shall be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board,” says the interim order issued on August 30 by DGCA’s director (aircraft engineering) Amit Gupta. This interim order is applicable to all schedule and non-schedule domestic airlines, foreign carriers operating to and from India; state governments, public sector undertakings and private air operators.

A resident of Vasant Kunj, which is on the approach path of one of Delhi Airport’s runways, had filed a petition two years back in NGT alleging that aircraft coming in to land dumped poop on his house. The DGCA in December 2016 formed a three-member expert panel to study this issue. “However, prior to completion of the investigation by the expert committee, NGT passed an order on December 20, 2016, wherein certain directions were issued to DGCA for implementation,” the DGCA order, dated August 30, says.

Later, the regulator’s panel examined lavatory drainage system of various types of aircraft and concluded that it is not possible for dispose off lavatory waste from aircraft in flight. “Consultation with aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing has clearly established that dumping of human waste is not possible during flight from aircraft,” the order says.

“On August 1, 2018, NGT again directed DGCA to comply with the Order dated December 20, 2016, on or before August 31, 2018, whereas review application filed by DGCA is still pending,” the order says. Accordingly, the DGCA has filed a counter affidavit before NGT, with a request to review the order and to “withdraw certain directions for implementation” by it.

Fuente: Times of India

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