Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding Compliance of Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, Maharashtra, 08/04/2019

  • 08/04/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Compliance of Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 (State of Maharashtra) dated 08/04/2019 regarding the status of compliance of orders of this Tribunal on the subject of solid waste management and allied issues.

In the present proceedings Chief Secretary, State of Maharashtra was present and an affidavit was submitted indicating status of compliance. The Tribunal after going through the affidavit and after hearing submissions of the State finds the steps taken for plastic waste management, bio-medical waste management as well as steps required to be taken under Rule 22 of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 inadequate.

Some of the directions issued after discussion with the Chief Secretary are the following:

i. Steps for compliance of Rules 22 and 24 of SWM Rules be now taken within six weeks to the extent not yet taken. Similar steps be taken with regard to Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules and Plastic Waste Management Rules.

ii. Atleast three major cities and threemajor towns in the State and atleast three Panchayats in every District may be notified on the website within two weeks from today as model cities/towns/villages which will be made fully compliant within next six months.

iii. The Chief Secretary may personally monitor the progress, atleast once in a month, with all the District Magistrates.