Kerala HC Labels Railways as Bulk Waste Generator
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Kerala HC Labels Railways as Bulk Waste Generator

In a recent verdict, the Kerala High Court has criticised the Indian Railways, labelling it as a "bulk waste generator" due to its inadequate waste management practices. The court highlighted concerns over the railways' failure to effectively manage and dispose of various types of waste generated across its operations.

The court's observation came during a hearing related to a public interest litigation (PIL) addressing environmental issues, where the petitioner raised alarms about the railways' impact on the environment through improper waste disposal. The Kerala HC emphasised the need for the railways to adopt sustainable practices in handling waste to mitigate environmental degradation.

According to the court, the Indian Railways, being a significant contributor to solid waste generation, must implement robust mechanisms for segregation, recycling, and disposal of waste materials. The verdict underscored the railways' responsibility to adhere to environmental norms and uphold ecological balance in areas where its operations are prominent.

The Kerala HC's directive urged the railways to collaborate with local authorities and environmental agencies to develop comprehensive waste management strategies. It emphasised the importance of integrating modern waste management technologies and practices into railway operations to minimise environmental impact and ensure sustainable development.

The court's stance serves as a reminder of the railways' obligation to prioritise environmental conservation alongside its operational objectives, setting a precedent for enhanced waste management practices across India's extensive railway network.

In a recent verdict, the Kerala High Court has criticised the Indian Railways, labelling it as a bulk waste generator due to its inadequate waste management practices. The court highlighted concerns over the railways' failure to effectively manage and dispose of various types of waste generated across its operations. The court's observation came during a hearing related to a public interest litigation (PIL) addressing environmental issues, where the petitioner raised alarms about the railways' impact on the environment through improper waste disposal. The Kerala HC emphasised the need for the railways to adopt sustainable practices in handling waste to mitigate environmental degradation. According to the court, the Indian Railways, being a significant contributor to solid waste generation, must implement robust mechanisms for segregation, recycling, and disposal of waste materials. The verdict underscored the railways' responsibility to adhere to environmental norms and uphold ecological balance in areas where its operations are prominent. The Kerala HC's directive urged the railways to collaborate with local authorities and environmental agencies to develop comprehensive waste management strategies. It emphasised the importance of integrating modern waste management technologies and practices into railway operations to minimise environmental impact and ensure sustainable development. The court's stance serves as a reminder of the railways' obligation to prioritise environmental conservation alongside its operational objectives, setting a precedent for enhanced waste management practices across India's extensive railway network.

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