Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding solid waste management and allied issues in Tamil Nadu, 23/04/2019

  • 23/04/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Compliance of Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 (State of Tamil Nadu) dated 23/04/2019 regarding solid waste management and allied issues in Tamil Nadu. A compliance report was submitted by Tamil Nadu indicating the steps taken for solid waste management, Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, Bio-medical Waste Management Rules 2016, polluted river stretches, polluted industrial clusters, air polluted cities and illegal mining. According to the report wet waste is collected on daily basis in the State. Also 93% door to door collection has been achieved and 80% source segregation is practiced at door stop and a total ban on one time use and throwaway plastic from January 2019.

NGT says that there is a huge gap in the steps taken and the steps required to be taken for ensuring sustainable development and directs the State of Tamil Nadu that apart from cities and towns declared as model cities and towns, at least three Villages in every District of the State may be identified within two weeks and made fully compliant in respect of environmental norms within six months. Remaining State may be made fully compliant within one year. Further, estimate of value of environmental degradation and cost of restoration be prepared and compensation be planned and recovered from polluters for environmental restoration and restitution on that basis.