Shoddy waste management:SC slams Delhi Government

Team SoOLEGAL 8 Mar 2018 9:04pm

Shoddy waste management:SC slams Delhi Government

New Delhi: The Supreme Court  bench comprising  of Justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Deepak Gupta came hard on Delhi government , saying  no concrete steps were being taken by the Delhi government to deal with the problem .The court further said the city is sitting on a garbage time bomb but the authorities were not serious to deal with the problem. It asked the Delhi Government to submit a report with the court by March 19, on the system it is creating to manage the problem of solid waste.

 The counsel for Delhi Government Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand informed the court that to deal with the issue Delhi Government has set up an advisory body which has had six meetings to deal with the issue of  garbage disposal problem. But the SC bench ,after going through the minutes of these meetings ,expressed its dissatisfaction and said the advisory body has only been holding discussions but nothing effective has been done on the ground.

The bench also expressed strong displeasure over other states and UTs not enforcing solid waste management rules to deal with the problem of garbage pile-up in cities which is causing vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya.

To this Centre's counsel additional solicitor general A N S Nadkarni, told the court that around 20 states and UTs had so far set up state level advisory body but only three had held two or more meetings. He said senior officers from states should be summoned for not enforcing the rules for garbage management.

As per Centre government estimates, 62 million tonnes of waste is generated annually in the country out of which 5.6 million tonnes is plastic waste, 0.17 million tonnes biomedical waste, hazardous waste generation is 7.90 million tonnes and 15 lakh tonne e-waste. The municipal bodies collect 43 million tonnes every year, out of which 11.9 million tonnes are treated and 31 million is dumped in landfill sites. It means only about 75-80% of the waste gets collected and only 22-28 % of it is processed and treated.

Tagged: SC   Centre   Delhi Government   Waste Management  
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