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HC stays closure of Delhi bio–medical disposal plant

New Delhi, January 8: The Delhi High Court on Thursday stayed the immediate closure of a bio–medical waste treatment plant here that is allegedly impacting the health of a nearby colony’s residents after the Delhi government sought more time to shift it. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw stayed the order of single judge passed on contempt plea filed by the residents of Sukhdev Vihar. Thursday’s court order came on the pleas of government and Synergy Waste Magement Pvt Ltd, the company which established the bio–medical waste plant, which the court last year had ordered to be immediately closed down. The bench also asked the residents to file its response by February 25 on the pleas, adding, “meanwhile, contempt case order shall remain stayed”. The court on December 12 last year had ordered immediate closure of plant while hearing a contempt plea filed by the residents of Sukhdev Vihar who argued that Jan 15, 2013, a division bench had directed the government and the company to shift within six months the plant but the order was not complied with. The company said the altertive site given by the Delhi government is not suitable and therefore the time limit for shifting it be extended till May 18, upto which the contract between it and government is valid. (IANS)

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