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Only 193 Pune local bodies have storage space for waste

A total of 234 respondents has been listed in the environmental Interest litigation (EIL) which includes all municipal corporations and councils in Maharashtra.

pune Updated: Jul 12, 2018 15:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The RTI replies reveal that various municipal authorities and MPCB offices had not registered any offences and no case had been filed at any court. Despite this, certain amount of fine was received and banned plastic bags were being confiscated. (HT Representational Photo )

While on one hand the state government has declared a statewide plastic ban, on the other hand, reality hits hard. Out of 257 local bodies, only 193 have space available for temporary storage and collection for non-biodegradable wastage, as required by the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016.

This was revealed by the national green tribunal (NGT) in an environment interest litigation (EIL) filed by professor Ravindra Bajrang Shinde demanding plastic bags below 50 micron to be completely banned. On July 6, Maharashtra pollution control board (MPCB) and state level advisory committee (SLAC) submitted before the NGT that there has been miscommunication with regard to the total number of non-compliant urban local bodies. NGT has, in turn, ordered for the complete list of non-compliant urban local bodies.

A total of 234 respondents have been listed in the environmental Interest litigation (EIL) which includes all municipal corporations and councils in Maharashtra. Applicant professor Ravindra Shinde of Sangli conducted a survey and found that in almost all the municipal areas in the state, plastic carry bags below 50 micron are used.

He collected information through a Right to Information application. The RTI replies reveal that various municipal authorities and MPCB offices had not registered any offences and no case had been filed at any court. Despite this, certain amount of fine was received and banned plastic bags were being confiscated.

The professor got to know that without having the permission to establish and operate, many illegal plastic manufacturing industries are producing plastic bags below 50 micron among other hazardous plastic materials.

Advocate Asim Sarode, representing the petitioner in the EIL, said, “It is shocking that only

25 municipal corporations and

123 municipal councils have made the provision of segregation of plastic waste and only 25 municipal corporations and 29 municipal councils have made the provision of storage of plastic waste generated in the areas within the city in accordance with the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2016.”

The NGT has issued directions to the state level advisory committee (SLAC) to place a compliance report of its previous order and inform the NGT whether all municipal xouncil or corporations have established temporary storage/deposit/collection centres.

First Published: Jul 12, 2018 15:36 IST