Notify Solid-Waste-Management Byelaws In 2 Weeks: HC To Delhi
The Delhi High Court on November 15 asked the Aam Aadmi Party government to comply with its order and notify the solid-waste-management byelaws within two weeks. The court was told that the byelaws have yet to receive an approval from the lieutenant governor (LG).
"It appears that September-19 order was not placed before the LG. Perusal of the scheme of solid-waste management would show that local authorities were only required to frame the rules which have to be approved by the LG," a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said.
During the hearing, Delhi government Standing Counsel Sanjay Ghosh urged the court to pass a direction for issuing notification on byelaws and sought time to comply with its earlier order.
The Bench said that the notified byelaws be placed before the court in two weeks, and listed the matter on December 5.
The high court had on September 19 accepted the draft byelaws, framed jointly by local authorities and environmental experts which called for introduction of user fees for municipal services, among other issues.
Besides introduction of user fees for municipal services, the byelaws 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 byelaws, the fees and penalties will see a five per cent per annum increase.
The court had ordered framing of the draft byelaws 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 spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.
With inputs from Housing News