Greater Noida Authority vows to go hard on SWM defaulters
The Greater Noida Authority has decided to go hard on all the establishments that have consistently failed to manage their bulk waste under the solid waste management (SWM) rules. In this direction, the authority has already started levying fine on such defaulters.
In the last two weeks, the authority inspected at least 50 units including residential, commercial and industrial. The authority administration has formed four teams of officials from the health department and has also hired some environment experts for the inspection.
Accompanied by the officials, the environment experts would inspect whether the building is equipped with STP and if it is, whether the equipments are functioning properly and serving their purpose or not. On the basis of their report, a fine would be imposed on the management.
SC Arora, a senior official said, “We have repeatedly asked the establishments to comply with SWM guideline on bulk waste generators. Several meetings were held with the representatives of residential, commercial and industrial units. All have been given a deadline to start managing their waste. However, many are still showing reluctance to do so. Now, we are no going to listen to them and those found avoiding will be fined.”
Nearly a dozen residential societies have been found lacking in infrastructure to manage the daily generated waste. Many societies, where there is no mechanism for discharging waste have their own problem. Wherever the management has been handed over to apartment owners association (AOA) they hold developers responsible for not providing SWMs.
When CitySpidey posed this question to the authority, a senior official supervising the drive replied, “Leniency shown to them was enough and now anyone found not complying with the norms will be fined. The National Green Tribunal NGT has imposed a fine on the authority for not adopting the SWM system in its area and hence the authority has decided to go hard on those found wanting on complying with the rule.”