Chandigarh: Process all garbage or pay Rs 50K daily, NGT tells Jaypee
Chandigarh MC to pay Rs 500 per tonne as tipping fee, next hearing on August 18.punjab Updated: Jul 25, 2017 15:02 IST
The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed the Jaypee plant to accept the entire municipal solid waste of 450 tonne or else pay up Rs 50,000 as environmental compensation daily.
The tribunal is hearing the ongoing tussle between the Chandigarh municipal corporation and the Dadumajra-based plant, which started over tipping fee in November 2013. It is the charge levied upon a given quantity of waste received at a processing facility. In the House meeting on June 9, the MC resolved to terminate the contract with Jaypee, following which the company moved the NGT.
During the hearing, MC counsel Deepali Puri said the civic body cannot take the risk of signing a fresh memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the firm and wants it to take its machinery and leave. “They (Jaypee Group) are now just harassing us (MC),” she said.
Pulling up the Jaypee authorities, justice Swatanter Kumar said: “The plant authorities will accept entire municipal solid waste of 450 tonne daily. They will set up a compost plant within three months at own expense and rectify the deficiencies in the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) plant within four weeks from today.”
In case the plant defaults of these conditions, it will have to pay an environmental compensation of Rs 50,000 per day, the NGT ruled. The MC too has been told to pay a tipping fee of Rs 500 per tonne. In case the MC defaults, the plant authorities can invoke arbitration within four weeks.
The NGT granted the MC the liberty to move the arbitrator for any further reliefs pertaining to tipping fee. The next date of hearing has been fixed as August 18.
High-powered panel to monitor plant
A high-powered committee has also been constituted to monitor the functioning of the plant once a month and later twice a month.
Member secretary of the Chandigarh pollution control committee will be the committee chairman and nodal officer. It will also comprise a representative of the Union ministry of environment and forest, a professor from the PEC University of Technology, who will be an expert in the field and will be nominated by the institute director, and a representative of the central pollution control board.
The committee will carry out the first inspection within a week and file a comprehensive report. The report has to deal with the quantum of municipal solid waster, transportation and dumping and whether the same is being done within the ambit of the rules.