UP committee expresses concern over violation of waste management rules
The Uttar Pradesh monitoring committee expressed a deep concern over the sheer violation of Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. It found that the procedure being followed for management of waste in the city is not in accordance of the rules which says that waste has to be segregated before it is collected for disposal.
Justice DP Singh, chairman of the committee on Wednesday conducted an inspection of waste dump sites and remediation center in Sector 54, Noida. He found the violation of rules as the garbage were lying on roadsides, trash was being burnt and dumped in the open.
He told that if the respective civic agencies do not manage the solid waste and garbage properly then the waste can seep into the ground water with rain water and would pollute water sources. The Ganga water would pollute further as the water body merges with it.
As the inspection lasted for around three hours, the chairman convened a meeting with officials from Uttar Pradesh irrigation department, state pollution control board office and Noida Authority at its administrative office in Sector 6.
Singh directed the Noida Authority that it will have to step up with compliance measures to ensure that the rules are being adhere to, failing which, action will be initiated.
The committee headed by Justice Singh had, in April this year, imposed a penalty of Rs 2 crore against the Greater Noida Authority for dumping waste at a plot meant for a park.
According to directions of the Central government, all local bodies were to comply by the rules by April 2019 in their respective areas. He said that the Central government gave agencies responsibility for giving sanitation services in their respective cities including Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad for three years to enforce the rules. But, they have failed to comply.
Justice Singh said that there should be three dustbins in each household as well as schools, government offices and other types of premises for keeping the waste segregated. In hospitals, there should be four dustbins to segregate waste so that transportation to waste disposal is carried out in scientific manner and handling would become easier as well.
He also told that housing society or individual household should have separate bins at their place for keeping plastic waste, wet waste and dry waste segregated. In hospitals, a separate bin should be used for disposal of needles which are extremely hazardous to public and also the ecology.
“In households and private buildings, owners should use bins while at public places, the Authority will put bins in places such as markets and other public places,” the committee chairman said.