Notify Solid Waste Management Bye-Laws In 3 Weeks: HC Tells Delhi
The Delhi High Court has asked Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal to positively notify the Solid Waste Management bye-laws, framed jointly by the city's civic bodies and environmental experts, within three weeks.
A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar noted that "despite repeated directions" to notify the bye-laws, the rules had not yet been notified yet. The court said the rules were framed by the municipal bodies and approved by their heads, and, without anyone having raised any objection or apprehension against them, the bye-laws ought to have been notified by now.
"In our view the Lieutenant-Governor is the competent authority to notify the bye-laws. Let the notifications of the bye-laws be positively effected within three weeks. We want the notifications before us," the Bench said, and listed the matter for further hearing on January 16. The court had on November 15 given the government two weeks to notify the bye-laws and place it before the bench.
The high court had on September 19 accepted the draft bye-laws which called for introduction of user fees for municipal services, among other things.
Besides introduction of user fees for municipal services, the bye-laws also provide for enforcing segregation of waste at source such as in the households and housing societies, strengthening of waste collection, storage, transportation and processing systems and imposing of penalties for littering or violating the rules.
Under the bye-laws, the fees and penalties will see a five per cent increase an annum.
The court had ordered framing of the draft bye-laws after environmental experts claimed that a major challenge faced in solid-waste management was lack of such provisions.
The court was looking into the issue of solid waste management as it was of the view that garbage and lack of cleanliness contributed to the spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.
The view was expressed by the court during the hearing of two public interest litigations by lawyers Arpit Bhargava and Gauri Grover who had sought directions to the municipal bodies and other authorities to take steps to prevent the spread of diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and malaria.
With inputs from Housing News