Srinagar: The J&K High court Wednesday directed state government to file list of tenders issued with regard to implementation of Solid Waste Management (SWM) rules 2016 in three divisions of state.
Hearing a PIL filed by Environmental Policy Group (EPG), the division bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice MK Hanjura sought a report from the government on how many tenders have been implemented, how many are pending for implementation and how many are in pipeline in Jammu, Srinagar and Ladakh.
The court also directed Commissioner Secretary, J&K government to file specific report for effectively implementing SWM rules.
“If there is ban on use of plastic and other polythene items, the concerned officials shall effectively implement it and if there is any deviation on part of officials they will suffer consequences with heavy costs,” the court said.
The court directed Agriculture department, Tourism department, and Pollution Control Board to effectively monitor waste management.
The counsel for EPG, Shafqat Nazir, pleaded before court that from last three years, the implementation of SWM rules 2016 has not been fulfilled. It is very sad on part of authorities that on national level Swach Bharat Abhiyan is being discussed but the implementation on ground is near to zero, he said.
“The segregation of waste and treatment of solid waste is need of the hour. There is no effective planning for conversion of waste into energy despite briefly outlined in SWM rules,” he pointed out.
“Also the reckless dumping of waste in water bodies and in forests areas has badly affected the ecological system. The tourist places are the worst sufferers of unplanned management of solid waste.”
He added that no treatment plant has been established in and around hospitals for bio medical waste.
The court directed authorities to take the issue very seriously and file updated report before court.