Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Supreme Court seeks answers from Municipal Corporations

In a Supreme Court order dated April 3, 2013 the court has asked the Municipal Corporations to answer what stand has been taken by them on the  Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000 and the Plastics Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 (For short,'the 2011 Rules') 
An extract from the order:
  'Keeping in view the figures mentioned in the tables reproduced at pages 16-17 of the report produced by Shri V.Shekhar, we direct the State Pollution Control Boards of all the States and 10 the Union Territories as also the Central Pollution Control Board to submit their respective reports showing compliance of the provisions contained in the 2000 and 2011 Rules. The Municipal Corporations of North, South and East Delhi as also the New Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Municipal Corporations of Bangalore, Chennai, Agra, Jaipur, Calcutta and Faridabad are also directed to file status reports about total compliance of the 2000 and 2011 Rules in their letter and spirit.For the aforesaid purpose, we suo motu order impleadment of the Central Pollution Control Board through its Secretary and the Pollution Control Boards of all the States as also the Pollution Control Boards of the Union Territories through their Secretaries as parties. The Municipal Corporation of North, South and East Delhi as also the New Delhi Municipal Corporation are impleaded as parties through their Commissioners. The Municipal Corporations of Bangalore, Chennai, Agra, Jaipur, Calcutta and Faridabad are also impleaded as parties through their Commissioners.

Let notice issue to the Commissioners of the aforesaid Corporations and Secretaries of the Pollution Control Boards of all the States as also the Central Pollution Control Board. They shall file their affidavits along with status reports within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of copy of this order by fax from the Registry of this Court.'

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