Patna, July 7: The high court on Monday directed Patna Municipal Corporation to file a detailed reply on steps taken to dispose of carcasses in its jurisdiction.
A division bench of the high court, comprising Chief Justice Rekha Manharlal Doshit and Justice Ashwani Kumar Singh, passed the order.
In its earlier hearing, the high court had directed Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to find a specific plot for the purpose. The PMC on Monday told the court land for disposing of carcasses had been identified and would be developed shortly. The said plot, in Dhanarua block of Patna district, is an acre in area, it told the court. The court then directed the PMC to file a counter-affidavit stating the plot it had earmarked for disposing of carcasses was suitable for the same.
Vikash Chandra alias Guddu Baba had filed a contempt petition in the high court, following failure of the authorities —urban development department, PMC, animal and fish resources department and Bihar State Pollution Control Board — to implement orders passed by the division bench on April 29, 2010, for proper disposal of carcasses in the city. Taking strong exception to dumping of carcasses in the Ganga, the high court had earlier constituted a five-member committee to identify land and set procedures for disposal of carcasses in the Patna Municipal Corporation area.
Referring to Section 272 of the Bihar Municipal Act, 2007, petitioner’s counsel Surendra Kumar Singh submitted it was the PMC’s responsibility to dispose of carcasses, but in spite of statutory provisions, appropriate steps were not being taken. Baba also told the court that PMC had failed to identify land for the said purpose.
On this, the court had directed the PMC to identify land on the outskirts of PMC for disposal of animal bodies, launch awareness camps in this regard and ban anyone from throwing carcasses into the Ganga or on its banks.