Keep rag-pickers,  animals away from Sarona landfill: NGT orders RMC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 May 2017 15:08:08


Staff Reporter,

RAIPUR,

 May 5,

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) to keep rag-pickers and animals away from the Sarona landfill site considering hazardous smoke billowing out from pockets of fire raging at different spots all over the site.

The order was issued following the hearing of public interest litigation filed by environmentalist Nitin Singhvi on May 3, 2017 by NGT Bhopal Bench of Justice Dalip Singh and expert member Satyawan Singh Garbyal.

In the hearing, Singhvi brought the issue of fire in Sarona dump site, where mounds of garbage are burning for past many days. At times the fire grew so big that the locals had to call on fire brigade. Notably, the smoke emanating from the fires carry extremely hazardous chemical compounds, exposing rag-pickers to chronic lung diseases. There is no one stopping these rag-pickers from entering the dump site and being inhaling the harmful gases.

Considering this, Bench has also directed RMC to deploy security guards to check movement of animals and humans at the site. Laying emphasis on closure of the site, NGT has also directed Agriculture Department to study the dump site for viability manure manufacturing from waste and take necessary steps to develop the infrastructure with financial assistance so that the manure produced at the site could be distributed to farmers.

Meanwhile, RMC has informed that Vivekananda Airport Authority has already given No Objection Certificate (NOC) for proposed Sakri dump site. Now the airport authority will made recommendation to Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which will give final clearance, regarding the same.

However, there is a Catch- as the Sakri dump site falls with 10 kilometres of Airport i.e. 9.57 to be exact; it could cause threat to airliners with birds attracting to piles of waste there. In such condition, even if DGCA gives the final clearance, it could be challenged in the Court as per Solid Waste Management Rules 2016.

It will cause further delay in setting up of garbage processing plant. So it’s better RMC already start finding new place for waste disposal to avoid painful delay, Singhvi suggested.