Just as protests over Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma’s torching of PVC posters and banners were cooling, the MP Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) has turned up the heat again.
Taking a dim view of mayoral pyrotechnics, the Board on Tuesday served a notice to the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) for burning waste within municipal limits in violation of Supreme Court directives.
Interestingly, the notice came less than 24 hours after Industries Minister Babulal Gaur lavished praise on the Mayor for the very same act.
The Hindustan Times had earlier reported that the torching of posters and banners in the heart of the City by the Mayor constituted a breach of apex court guidelines (Mayor flouts SC directives, HT Live, January 17).
When contacted MPPCB Regional Officer A K Mishra confirmed the notice report.
“After the matter was reported in newspapers we served a notice to the Municipal Commissioner pointing out that burning PVC banners within the City not only violated the Municipal Solid Wastes (Handling and Management) Rules-2000, but was also damaging to the environment,” said Mishra.
It may be recalled that the Mayor had set ablaze over 350 posters and banners erected to welcome BJP leader L K Advani by supporters of PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya at Rajwada, Palasia and LIG Square around a fortnight ago.