Don’t fumigate plane with passengers on board, NGT directs Centre

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Centre to ensure that no disinfectant fumigation is carried out in aircraft while passengers are on board. The order came on a plea filed by a US-based neurologist, who contended that spraying such pesticides could have an adverse impact on health.

“You are supposed to kill mosquitoes not human beings. You cannot take a risk with the health of the people,” the NGT observed.

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It issued directions to ensure that fumigation is carried out prior to loading of passengers or when the aircraft is empty. The Tribunal also directed the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to issue neccessary directions in this regard.

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Dr Jai Kumar, a neurologist and director of the Primary Stroke Centre at Baylor Hospital in Texas.

He said pesticides with chemicals like phenothrin (an organo-phosphorus neurotoxin) carried the risk of getting cancer, auto-immune diseases like lupus, Parkinson’s disease and memory loss.

The petitioner said airlines of other countries have stopped spraying pesticides, but the practice is prevalent in all Indian airlines operating internationally.

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