The western bench of the National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) chairman and the Maharashtra chief secretary,directing them to file affidavits in response to an application seeking a ban on burning of rubber tyres during agitations.
The suit,which was filed by city-based lawyer Asim Sarode and others,had sought a ban on the practice of burning tyres during protests,claiming that the action was detrimental to the environment.
Sarode,in his plea,said,It was seen that whenever a political party or religious group initiated an agitation,the unfortunate first sight is burning tyres.
Citing research,the plea stated that burning of tyres produced large amount of harmful and noxious substances. There are various concerns expressed regarding burning of tyres,which puts human health at risk, the plea read. Sarode said the pollution control body was responsible for the implementation of the Prevention of Air (prevention and control) Pollution Act,1981.