The Bombay Excessive Courtroom on Thursday directed the Maharashtra authorities and the state air pollution management board to deal with the problem of rising air air pollution owing to extend in cases of cremations following deaths as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

A bench of Justices Amjad Sayyad and G S Kulkarni was listening to a plea filed by six housing societies in Pune, highlighting the rise in air air pollution as a result of enhance within the variety of cremations at a close-by crematorium due to COVID-19 deaths.

“We would like the air pollution management board to utilise its experience and what may be the very best know-how to forestall smoke. The PCB should devise a mechanism. We’re nonetheless utilizing conventional strategies,” the HC stated.

It stated the authorities should use scientific gadgets at crematoriums to deal with the problem of air pollution.

Advocate Sharmila Deshmukh, who appeared for the Maharashtra Air pollution Management Board, advised the HC that MPCB’s chairperson may nominate a technical knowledgeable to assist devise methods to arrest the poisonous emissions from crematoriums.

The courtroom directed the state authorities and the MPCB to deal with the bench on the problem on June 2.

The courtroom was advised that following a earlier listening to, the place the HC was knowledgeable of lapses on a part of the Pune Municipal Company (PMC) about sustaining information on the supply of hospital beds for COVID-19 sufferers, an individual on the assistance desk was suspended.

Earlier this month, the civic physique claimed within the HC that surplus ICU and ventilator beds have been accessible in Pune.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni had then requested advocate Rajesh Inamdar, the counsel for one of many petitioners out of a bunch of PILs in search of varied reliefs, to name on the PMC’s helpline quantity and put it on speaker.

Inamdar then made two calls asking for a ventilator mattress and was advised there have been no beds accessible.

Inamdar advised the HC on Thursday that the lady, who had answered the decision, was subsequently suspended.

Nevertheless, advocate Abhijit Kulkarni, who appeared for the PMC, advised the HC he had spoken to the lady involved.

The civic physique had sought an evidence from her and he or she stated that she was flustered at the moment and had not been capable of present the proper info to the caller.

“She can be educated correctly to deal with calls. She has been suspended for 10 to fifteen days, however I’ll converse to the authorities to make sure she is just not punished unnecessarily,” Kulkarni stated.

The excessive courtroom stated the lady have to be reinstated.

“What is that this? Is that this true? Please guarantee she is again on the job,” the HC advised Kulkarni.

“We don’t need anybody to undergo due to our intervention in any matter,” it stated.

Whereas listening to one other plea associated to the coronavirus pandemic, the identical bench directed the Union authorities to file an affidavit on the approvals granted by the Centre on the prescription and use of the drug Ivermectin for treating COVID-19 infections.

It was listening to a PIL which claimed that whereas docs within the nation had been prescribing Ivermectin, the drug didn’t have the approval of worldwide regulatory authorities.

The HC directed the Union authorities to file its affidavit by June 9.


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