The Bombay high court on Monday pulled up the state government for its failure to devise an action plan to identify and acquire land across the state for dumping and processing solid waste.
The division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and justice AP Bhangale was hearing a bunch of petitions seeking implementation of the municipal solid waste management rules and closure of dumping sites within city limits.
The court, irked with the government’s attitude, remarked: “How much time does it take to identify a land and acquire it? If you focus and do it then it should not take more than two weeks.”
Directing the government to act quickly, the bench said that if the government acquires land and starts dumping and processing wastes there then the problem of illegal dumping would be curbed.
“Why don’t you [government] formulate an action plan and decide to complete the process within a stipulated time frame? If it is not finished by the time frame then take departmental action against the official concerned. The official will then face contempt action too,” the court said.
The government had last month informed the court that 14 out of the 26 municipal corporations across the state have not developed processing plants or secured landfill sites for the purpose of solid waste management.
The court has adjourned the case till April 3 and directed the government to come up with an action plan to tackle the issue.