The Hush Post: Poop-drops from the skies will now invite a penalty of Rs 50,000 to the aircraft operators and carriers flying into and out of the country.
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, the aviation regulator has 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.”
The NGT (National Green Tribunal) court ordered the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to look into the matter.
About two years ago, in what seemed like a strange petition, a Vasant Kunj resident alleged that an aircraft dropped waste which included human excreta on his house. Subsequently, he filed a petition in the court. The DGCA approached various manufacturers of Airbus and Boeing 747 and it was found there was no facility of dropping human excreta mid-air.
As per the orders of NGT dated December 20, 2016, any dropping of human excreta from the aircraft will invite a penalty of Rs 50,000.
This amount will be subsequently deposited with Central Pollution Control Board.
On August 1, 2018, NGT again asked the DGCA to comply with its orders maximum by August 31, 2018.