SRINAGAR: Advocate-General Jahangir Iqbal Ganaie told the High Court on Wednesday that the government’s tenders to manage waste segregation have fetched poor response, delaying the start of the project.
The AG was informing the court, in response to questions asked over a PIL, about the government’s project for segregation and treatment of solid waste. The AG submitted before the bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Sanjeev Kumar that the Housing and Urban Development Department had taken steps for implementation of solid waste management (SWM) but due to poor response to tenders, the process had not moved forward. He further added that the department has initiated a fresh process in this regard.
The court while recording the AG’s statement deferred the hearing of the PIL to enable authorities to show the court progress on implementation of SWM in the two capitals of the state.
During the proceedings of the case, the court directed the AG to approach municipal committees of various cities in order to know how these committees treat solid waste. The court also observed that the SWM project is more important than its cost.
On the previous hearing, the court had asked the government how many tenders had been implemented, how many are pending, and how many are in the pipeline in Jammu, Srinagar and Ladakh.
The court had also directed municipal commissioners of both the divisions (Jammu and Kashmir) to give details, in consultation with departments of agriculture, horticulture, public health engineering, and tourism, of steps taken to manage the solid waste generated in agriculture and horticulture facilities. The court had also sought a report with regard to generation of solid waste in tourist resorts of Doodh Pathri, Yusmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Kokernag, Verinag, Aharbal, Patnitop, Sanasar and Mansar.