You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Notify solid waste management bye laws: HC to Delhi govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High today asked the to comply with its order and notify the solid waste management bye laws, framed on its directions, within two weeks.

The bench was informed by the that the bye laws were pending approval of the lieutenant governor (LG) for being notified.


"It appears that September 19 order was not placed before the Perusal of the scheme of solid waste management would show that local authorities were only required to frame the rules which have to be approved by the LG," a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said.

During the hearing, Standing Counsel Sanjay Ghosh urged the to pass a direction for issuing notification on bye laws and sought time to comply with its earlier order.

The bench said that the notified bye laws be placed before the in two weeks and listed the matter on December 5.

The had earlier also told the high that the solid waste management bye laws were pending approval of the for being notified after which the bench had listed the matter for today.

The high had on September 19 accepted the draft bye laws, framed jointly by local authorities and environmental experts, which called for introduction of user fees for municipal services among other issues.

Besides introduction od user fees for municipal services, the bye laws also provide for enforcing segregation of waste at source such as in the households and housing societies, strengthening of waste collection, storage, transportation and processing systems and imposing of penalties for littering or violating the rules.

Under the bye laws, the fees and penalties will see a five per cent per annum increase.

The had ordered framing of the draft bye laws after environmental experts like Sunita Narain, Almitra Patel and M C Mehta, had claimed that a major challenge faced in solid waste management was lack of such provisions.

The was looking into the issue of solid waste management as it was of the view that garbage and lack of cleanliness contributed to spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya.

The view was expressed by the during the hearing of two PILs by lawyers Arpit Bhargava and Gauri Grover who had sought directions to municipal bodies and other authorities to take steps to prevent the spread of dengue, chikungunya and malaria.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 18:48 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU