New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday imposed a cost of Rs 15,000 each on the city government and DDA over their failure to file replies on a PIL seeking a direction to take appropriate safety measures in Mayapuri scrap market following the 2010 radiation exposure incident.
Failing to file their responses on three different occasions since April 2011 irked a bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw which also summoned the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Vice Chairman and Principal Secretary of Environment Ministry of Delhi government to remain present before it on May 23, the next date of hearing of PIL.
The court, which was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by one Salekh Chand Jain through counsel Sugriv Dubey, also imposed a cost of Rs 15,000 on the government and the housing body and directed them to file their responses by May 23.
In his plea, Dubey said that "after the occurrence of the radiation in Mayapuri market, the government had installed about 25 micro chips at different places for identification of articles from which the radiation could be emanate but due to non-maintenance, those chips have gone missing."
The petition had sought the court`s direction to "install machineries at different places to keep a watch on the level of radiation throughout the city."
He further sought the court`s direction for identification of the industrial units using the scrap with the possibility of radiation from them during their melting by the units.
Earlier, the court had tagged one similar petition filed by an advocate with the present one in which a direction was sought to the government to seal the Mayapuri market where exposure to radioactive material Cobalt-60, which had claimed one life, while 11 others were taken ill.
The petitioner sought sealing of the Mayapuri market until the area is completely decontaminated.
As per the petition, the government should be directed to put up sign boards in the market cautioning people that the area was dangerous and a survey should also be conducted in all scrap markets of the city and gamma radiation scanners should be installed to detect the presence of any radiation source.