The Madhya Pradesh high court has asked the Indore Municipal Corporation to present a comprehensive time-bound programme for management of the city’s garbage before November 6, flagging one of the biggest civic issues in Madhya Pradesh’s commercial hub.
The court’s directive was passed on October 27 in response to a writ petition filed by city-based social activist Kishore Kodwani highlighting the pathetic condition of solid waste management in the city. The court documents were put on public domain on Friday.
Observing that mounds of garbage were lying untreated at the Devguradia trenching site, a division bench comprising justice PK Jaiswal and justice JK Jain also directed the municipal commissioner to submit in affidavit on why action has not been not taken on officials responsible for aggravating the situation.
Recently, the Central Pollution Control Board too had put Indore in the list of critically-polluted areas of the country and slapped notices to the municipal commissioner to table a detailed plan within three months.
Municipal commissioner Manish Singh had recently said that effective method of collection, disposal and treatment of solid waste are still being worked out at state and central level.
“The nature of solid waste in India is different from other nations. We have to focus on finding solutions the Indian way. The problem is not just concerned to Indore alone,” Singh said.
The state government is contemplating about cluster-based waste management system, wherein a lead unit — IMC in this case — will monitor the functions of smaller urban local bodies in 70-80 km radius.
According to the proposal, the IMC will have to designate a landfill site where solid waste from these areas will be processed.
With spurt in population, the waste generated in the city has swelled, but in contrast the quantity of waste processing has gone down.
During 2012-13, on an average 641.85 metric tonne of waste was generated per day; in 2013-14 it grew to 796.26 metric tonne per day and further to 967.16 metric tonne per day in 2014-15.
A 500-metric tonne capacity garbage processing facility is lying nonfunctional for the past six months in the city, aggravating the problem.