SC construction ban: Chandigarh expedites process to notify solid waste rules
It is learnt even municipal officials remained in touch with the Chandigarh officials, despite the Sunday holiday, to get the rules notified at the earliest. The SC will now be hearing the matter on October 9.punjab Updated: Sep 03, 2018 09:52 IST
A day after it was reported that the Supreme Court has imposed construction ban in Chandigarh for its failure to notify the solid waste management rules, the Chandigarh administration woke from its slumber and expedited the process.
Local bodies secretary Arun Gupta said the Chandigarh draft rules are ready and will be notified within this week. He said according to the SC order on Friday, the ban on construction activities will remain till a policy is framed and notified.
“This is now been taken care of on priority,” he said.
Meanwhile,Chandigarh is planning to plead for relaxation from the Rs 3-lakh fine imposed on it for the delay. Arun Gupta said the administration may soon file an application seeking relief after seeking legal opinion.
Sources said the legal department, too, has advised Chandigarh administration to speed up the process. Otherwise, it will have to comply with the apex court order and issue a public notice ordering a blanket ban on construction.
A law officer dealing with the matter said the administration needs to work on a war footing to clear all obstacles . It is learnt even municipal officials remained in touch with the Chandigarh officials, despite the Sunday holiday, to get the rules notified at the earliest. The SC will now be hearing the matter on October 9.
What was SC’s contention
The SC’s orders mentioned that the Centre’s solid waste management rules framed in 2016 called for the preparation of a policy and solid waste management strategy in all states and UTs, but even after two years, more than two-thirds of the states/UTs were to comply with it.
For example, Chandigarh so far has no mandatory provisions for waste segregation at source, segregated waste collection and other provisions related to waste processing and penalties thereof, which are the heart of the Centre’s rules.
The MC in its House meeting on July passed the bylaws and sent them to Chandigarh for notification, which is pending. The civic body lately started efforts to push residents for waste segregation and clearing around 5-lakh tonnes of garbage dumped in the open in Dadumajra.
First Published: Sep 03, 2018 09:51 IST