The Delhi Development Authority, two months after the National Green Tribunal ordering installation of scanners in the Mayapuri junkyard in west Delhi to ensure that no radioactive substances are stored, has conceded that it does not have the know-how to do the job.
The authority told the National Green Tribunal on Friday that in the name of compliance it had written letters to competent government authorities for the installation of the said scanners.
India’s first case of radiation exposure had killed one person and injured many more at the scrap market in April 2010. The tribunal was on Wednesday hearing a petition that claimed that the mechanism to detect radiation was withering away at Mayapuri.
The tribunal told the counsel appearing for the DDA, “You’re such a big and old organisation. Why cannot you hold a meeting of agencies concerned and complete the job?”
The tribunal, also, made the Union ministry of environment and forests the nodal agency for installation of the scanners. In its earlier order dated May 8, the tribunal had directed the ministry of environment and forests, DDA and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure installation of scanners in the junkyard.
The tribunal had then said threat of radiation leaks could not be ruled out at Mayapuri because of poor management and handling of waste and scrap and had banned a number of activities at the west Delhi junkyard.
The tribunal had banned burning of plastic, tires, wires and other such materials in and outside the shops in the junkyard.
The tribunal also banned the use of gas or electronic cutters to dismantle heavy machinery such as generators, tankers and transformers.
Now, nobody in the market is allowed to store e-waste or material that are likely to generate radioactivity and pose hazard to life and environment. The municipal corporation will ensure that no such material is stored at public places. The tribunal has told the Delhi government to file a compliance report.
The Mayapuri Iron Merchant Association has now expressed its desire to be a party to the case. It has also sought a modification of an earlier order by the tribunal.
The matter would be heard next on August 8.
Teams of DDA, the Delhi government, the municipal corporations, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, AERC and the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation will regularly, and at odd hours, inspect the market to ensure all directions issued are obeyed.
Delhi Police will depute forces to help execute the orders.