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NGT guidelines for solid waste collection

 The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Shimla, headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, has set guidelines for the collection of the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) by the Municipal Councils or Nagar Panchayats of Mandi, Kullu, Bhuntar, Manali, Aut, Manakser and Sunder Nagar.

 

The NGT has issued the guidelines till the time permanent mechanism and anti-pollution devices are put in place by the government Pollution Control Board (PCB) and the respective councils or panchayats.

 

The NGT observed that no sincere efforts were being put up by the government or by the council of the respective areas to improve the disposal of waste.

 

The guidelines read that the Municipal Council of each area would be entitled to charge every individual, shop owner, hotels, restaurants, markets, agricultural committees and institutions for collecting waste from their doorsteps.

 

The NGT directed that the rates had been made applicable by the state government and the Municipal Corporation in Shimla.

 

The orders further stated that the Agricultural Marketing Committee would pay Rs 5,000 and hospitals generating municipal waste other than bio-medical waste would be liable to pay Rs 1,000 per month.

 

The NGT had also sought an explanation from the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Kullu, asking reasons for not complying with the orders of the NGT.

 

The NGT had earlier directed that anybody polluting the Beas by throwing the debris or waste material would be liable to pay a fine or compensation upto Rs one lakh.

 

The DC had imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 upon the Public Works Department (PWD) for throwing municipal waste directly into the river.

 

The NGT further issued notice to the Chief Engineer of the PWD, Kullu, to place correct facts before the tribunal. They also directed that a report in this regard should be submitted before the next hearing date scheduled on October 16.

 

Abhishek Rai, president, Himalayan Environment Conservation Organisation (HECO), an NGO, lamented that waste water from most of the sewers and drains in Kullu and Manali regions, were being dumped directly into the Beas without any treatment.

 

The Tribune (19/08/2014)