Only 193 civic bodies have plastic deposit space

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jul 2018 10:25:50


Special Correspondent,

EIL filed before NGT, Pune

Maharashtra Government has declared plastic ban throughout the State but only 193 civic bodies out of total 257 urban local bodies are having temporary storage/deposit and collection land space available for non-bio degradable waste as per Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016.

This fact was revealed at National Green Tribunal (NGT) Environment Interest Litigation (EIL) filed by Prof Ravindra Bajrang Shinde demanding plastic bags below 50 micron to be completely banned.

Recently, MPCB and State Level Advisory Committee (SLAC) submitted before the NGT that there has been some miss communication as regards the total number of such non-compliant Urban Local Bodies. The NGT therefore again displeased with the submission and ordered to give complete list of the non-compliant urban local bodies. NGT directed the State Pollution Control Board and the Secretary Urban Development Department of the State Government to file affidavits stating out the steps taken by them on each of the component in the rules.

NGT (West Zone Bench) Pune, comprising of Justice S P Wangdi and Dr Nagin Nanda while dealing with the case could observe from the affidavit filed by the MPCB that the State Level Advisory Committee (SLAC) has been constituted by the State Government.

NGT in its earlier order mentions that the none compliance Urban Bodies had been issued with notices with directions to submit status of compliances upon which the Tribunal had directed the Committee to issue notices upon all non compliant Urban local bodies to show cause as to why environmental compensation of Rs.1,00,000/- should not be imposed and recovered from each of the Chief Officers or Chief Executive Officers of the Bodies from their personal accounts.

This Environmental Interest Litigation (EIL) is one having maximum number of Respondents as there are 234 Respondents listed in the array of respondents that includes all Municipal Corporations and Councils in Maharashtra.

Adv. Asim Sarode representing the Petitioner in the EIL said that it is shocking fact that when on one hand Swachata Abhiyan is being conducted everywhere, only 25 municipal corporations and 123 municipal councils have made provision of segregation of plastic waste and only 25 municipal corporations and 29 municipal councils have made provision of storage of plastic waste generated from city area in accordance with rules. The next hearing of the case will be held on August 10.