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Mayapuri radiation: HC penalises DDA, Delhi govt

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 A K 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 23 May, the next date of hearing of PIL.

The court, which was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by one Salekh Chand Jain through his 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 23 May.

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 emanated but due to non-maintenance, those chips have gone missing'.

The petition had sought the court's direction to 'install machinery 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.
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