India’s top court has banned the use of green paint in some public spaces in the country for fear of being “damaged and distorted” by the water and dust that can be deposited on the surface.
In a landmark ruling, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Monday said the paint was not safe, since it can leave a “disintegrating impression” on the skin, eyes and skin of people, and can be contaminated with harmful bacteria.
The court also ruled that the paint is “not suitable for use in public spaces” as it can “cause eye, skin and skin damage, which may lead to infection of people”.
The court said that in order to “maintain a proper atmosphere and avoid contamination”, the paint should be kept “within a minimum radius of 3 metres from the surface”.
It is the latest case in the recent years in India that has highlighted concerns about the health risks posed by pollution.
Last year, the Supreme Commission of the Environment and Forests (SCEF) ordered the removal of some green paint from roads, parks and other public spaces because of “health risks”.
The SCEF also ordered a ban on the use and sale of green paints in public places, and asked the state government to “take urgent measures” to implement the order.
Earlier this year, India’s parliament passed a bill that was intended to regulate the use, production and sale and transport of eco-friendly paint.
The bill was criticised by environmentalists who said the measures were not enough and could lead to more pollution.