NGO's help sought to improve drainage system

Express News Service
First Published : 19 Jun 2009 04:02:00 AM IST
CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the State government and a petitioner to furnish details about bodies like NEERI, Rotary Club and the Exnora to enable it to ensure their presence on the future hearing dates on the contempt application seeking to punish the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Secretary and the Chennai Metrowater Supply and Sewerage Board for not obeying the court’s earlier orders, which totally banned cleaning of blockades in sewerages manually.

Originally, while passing orders on a public interest writ petition from A Narayanan of Virugambakkam on November 20, 2008, the First Bench headed by the Chief Justice had banned cleaning the blockades in sewerages by workers without any protective measures.

Contending that the two officials had not taken effective steps to eliminate the practice of manual scavenging, Narayanan filed the present contempt application. Cleaning blockades in sewerages manually still continued, he alleged.

During the course of arguments on the contempt application before a division bench comprising Justice FM Ibrahim Kalifulla and Justice R Subbiah recently, petitioner Narayanan suggested involving NGOs to get fruitful ideas as to how a better awareness programme could be formulated to put an end to this menace of drainage getting blocked by throwing solid waste into the sewerage system.

The bench also directed the government to inform as to the extent to which the provisions of the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act had been carried out, by appointing executive authorities and inspectors for the purpose of strict implementation of the Act. The matter will be taken up again on June 23.

Found in The New Indian Express Group



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